Drug user warned to stay away from Hervey Bay and Bundaberg
AN IPSWICH magistrate has labelled Queensland towns Hervey Bay and Bundaberg drug "cesspits".
Magistrate Deborah Vasta told former Ipswich man Paul Darren Brown - who plans to move to Hervey Bay after his release from prison - that drugs were abundant and the town was a poor choice for anyone struggling with addiction.
She warned the long-term drug user he would be surrounded by temptation.
"Hervey Bay and Bundaberg are cesspits for drug dealers," Magistrate Vasta said.
"Be sure to stay away from the nightclubs."
Brown, 42, pleaded guilty on Monday in Ipswich Magistrates Court to a host of offences committed in Gladstone, where he has been working on a prawn trawler.
Between July 2015 and March this year he was found with weapons, including a billy club - a type of baton - and drug paraphernalia. He was also caught stealing a drill from Bunnings and a bottle of alcohol from Liquor Land.
He pleaded guilty to more than 20 separate charges including failing to properly dispose of needles.
Brown, who appeared via video link from Woodford Correctional Centre, has vowed to change his ways.
The court heard Brown's drug use started at age 26 and while he had managed to stay clean for a few years, the death of his grandparents in 2014 and 2015 had led him back to drug abuse.
"You're a prime example of why people should just say no," Ms Vasta said.
"How many years of your life have you wasted? How much money shot into your veins?"
She told Brown drug dealers didn't care about him or anything other than lining their own pockets.
Brown took responsibility for his actions saying it was no one else's fault but his own.
His decision to move to Hervey Bay would see him living with his parents so he could help his father through health problems.
"I will resist temptation," Brown told Ms Vasta.
Brown was sentenced to seven months imprisonment, but has already spent 150 days in jail.
His parole release date was set for August 20.