Toowoomba ice scourge drives addict out of town

A MAN has told a Toowoomba court he's leaving the district to get away from the drug "ice".

Liam John Orme, 28, pleaded guilty before Toowoomba Magistrates Court to being found on a number of occasions with small amounts of the drugs marijuana and methamphetamine (ice).

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the establishment of a national task force to combat the scourge of ice.

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The court heard a search of Orme's car by police who pulled him over on Tor St in September, last year, found a small amount of ice, a pipe for smoking it and a plastic straw which Orme told police he used for scooping then dividing the drug into smaller "hits".

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Natalie Bugden told the court Orme had also tested positive to methylamphetamine during a saliva test when pulled over driving on the highway by police near Chinchilla.

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Spoken to by police at the Toowoomba watch house on other matters on December 26, a small plastic clip seal bag of ice had fallen from the 28-year-old's pocket, prompting a pat-down search which also found a small set of scales for weighing the drug and other empty plastic bags, she said.

He had also been found with small amounts of marijuana and ice during a police search of the Chinchilla residence he had been staying at on February 24.

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Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck noted it was the sixth time Orme had been before the court for possessing illicit drugs.

Defence solicitor Chris Lumme told the court his client instructed he had been a social user of illicit drugs since he was 18.

However, his client now had the opportunity of work in Townsville with a friend and was taking the opportunity to get away from the Toowoomba and Chinchilla regions and the influence of associates, he said.

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Mr Schemioneck said Orme in the past had only been issued with fines which had not deterred him from using drugs.

Orme was sentenced to two months in jail and 12 months probation.


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