German teen reminded Gatton a long way from Amsterdam

GATTON is a long way from Amsterdam as German teenage tourist Jan Schiele was reminded by a Toowoomba magistrate.

Police looking for a suspect had gone to a Gatton caravan park where Schiele had been residing during a farm working stint about 11am on Wednesday.

While talking with the 19-year-old, officers noticed a grinder with remnants of "green leafy material" on it prompting a search, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

The search turned up a number of plastic clip seal bags with about 79g of marijuana, police prosecutor Senior Constable Alistair Windsor told the court.

Schiele pleaded guilty to possessing and producing a dangerous drug and possessing drug utensils.

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Duty solicitor Chris Lumme told the court his client was on a working visa travelling around Australia.

The production charge arose from the teenager repackaging the drug to monitor its use having bought a larger amount of marijuana a couple days before, he said.

Smoking marijuana was legal in Amsterdam which was a two to three hour drive from Schiele's home in Germany, Mr Lumme told the court.

Noting the teenager had spent 24 hours in custody, Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck fined Schiele $1500 but ordered the conviction not be recorded.


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