Hedley Charles Rankin, pleaded guilty to five drug offences at Emerald Magistrates Court on July 28, 2020. Photo: Facebook
Hedley Charles Rankin, pleaded guilty to five drug offences at Emerald Magistrates Court on July 28, 2020. Photo: Facebook

Man used drugs for 37 years to ‘help him relax’

AN EMERALD man admitted to using drugs for close to 40 years to help him relax, when he faced court for drug offences.

Hedley Charles Rankin, 50, faced Emerald Magistrates Court on July 28 for five drug offences, including two counts of possessing dangerous drugs, possessing utensils used, possessing items in relation to a drug offence and not properly disposing of a syringe and needle.

Rankin said he had been using cannabis since he was about 13, because he found it “very relaxing and comforting”.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kevin Ongheen said police attended Rankin’s Alamein Drive home about 10.30am on June 4, 2020, with a search warrant.

They located several clipseal bags containing a total of 18.4g of cannabis, 2.3g in a bowl, as well as cannabis and cannabis stems in a container, Sgt Ongheen said.

He said police also found a clipseal bag with 0.2g of methylamphetamine, two open syringes and needles, a plastic bottle bong, a metal grinder with cannabis residue and a set of digital scales.

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Rankin was about to use the needles to inject the meth, the court heard.

He told the court the drugs were for personal use only, and he had to weigh the drugs to ensure it would last his fortnightly pay cycle.

“I get paid fortnightly so I measure to last me that time,” Rankin said.

Rankin, who was on parole at the time of the offence, said he hadn’t used “ice” since the raid.

Although he said he’d been making slow progress giving up cannabis, since he had been using it since his was 13, and was undertaking counselling.

Magistrate Robert Walker said the quantity of cannabis was concerning, as were Rankin’s admissions to long time use.

He was fined $1000 and ordered to forfeit the items. The conviction was recorded.


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