Incriminating text messages link drug dealer and user
SIMPLY linking a drug user to a dealer was enough to have a Toowoomba man before the District Court on the serious charge of supplying a dangerous drug.
Police who searched Matthew Gary Owen's then Wilsonton Hts home in March last year had seized a mobile phone on which was found a series of apparent text messages relating to drugs.
Some messages were from a "Jai" seeking the schedule one drug methylamphetamine.
Owen eventually put "Jai" onto a "Mick", who he said could access the drug, the court heard.
Crown Prosecutor Shontelle Petrie told the court the 25-year-old had not directly dealt in the drug himself but was charged under the wider definition of the law.
Owen pleaded guilty to supplying a dangerous drug and possessing a mobile phone used to supply the drug.
His barrister Steve Kissick said but for the way the law stands at the moment, his client could have been dealt with in the Magistrates Court.
Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren SC said the fact it was a schedule one drug made it a "serious matter" and placed Owen on nine months' probation.