A man faced Emerald court after dropping a bag of drugs at an Emerald service station.
A man faced Emerald court after dropping a bag of drugs at an Emerald service station.

Man caught with drugs after dropping bag at CQ servo

A MAN with a history of drug offending was busted with meth after dropping it at an Emerald fuel station.

Mark Sibayan Downie, 33, pleaded guilty at Emerald Magistrates Court on October 13 to possessing dangerous drugs, possessing utensils that had been used, and failing to take reasonable care and precautions in respect of syringe or needle.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kevin Ongheen said Emerald police went to a Caltex service station about 3pm on March 30 and located a clipseal bag containing a clear, crystal substance.

CCTV footage show that after a vehicle stopped at the bowser at 2.50pm, a man, later identified as Downie, fuelled up and walked towards the shop when a bag fell from his pants.

The bag contained 0.7g of methylamphetamine, the court heard.

Downie was intercepted by police while driving on Clermont St, Emerald, about 9am on April 14.

Sgt Ongheen said police searched the vehicle and located a used needle and syringe in the centre console, and a set of digital scales in a suitcase on the back seat, which Downie said was used to weigh meth.

He told police the needle and syringe was used to inject meth.

Solicitor Roland Pianta said Downie contacted Lives Lived Well after the offences and started sessions in August.

Mr Pianta said Downie had returned to drug use when he moved back to Emerald, but hopes to move to Brisbane and get his life on track.

Magistrate Robert Walker said while it was disappointing Downie had returned to using illicit substances, it was encouraging to see he was making an effort to change.

For possessing dangerous drugs, Downie was ordered to two months imprisonment, with an immediate court order parol. The conviction was recorded.

For the two other offences, Downie was ordered to 12 months probation.