Shotgun, pistol and drugs bring $2000 fine

HAVING drugs which he said were not his and a number of weapons and ammunition has left Darryl Raymond Johns with a sizeable hole in his wallet.

A police search of Johns' Laidley home on August 24 had found a .32 calibre pistol in his bedroom drawer and 50 rounds of ammunition for the gun, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

The 47-year-old told police the pistol was a replica but it had a firing pin, police prosecutor Sergeant Tony Costa told the court.

Also found was a sawn-off shotgun which Johns told police he had found in a shed when he moved into the property and a bolt-action rifle which he claimed to have found at the dump a month earlier.

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The police search also turned up nine 12-gauge shotgun cartridges, 3.7g of marijuana, less than a gram of amphetamines and nine "ice" pipes and digital scales suspected as being used to weigh drugs, the court heard.

Johns pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful possession of weapons, two counts of possessing dangerous drugs and to possessing ammunition and drug related utensils.

His solicitor Nathan Bouchier told the court the drugs and associated items found belonged to his client's partner for which she had been fined $1200, but his client accepted the charge as he knew the drugs were there.

Magistrate Damian Carroll ordered no conviction be recorded but fined Johns $2000.


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