Drug crackdown for methamphetamine and cannabis possession

DRUG CRACKDOWN: Four people who were fined in Orange Local Court for drug possession on Monday were not present for sentencing. FILE PHOTO
DRUG CRACKDOWN: Four people who were fined in Orange Local Court for drug possession on Monday were not present for sentencing. FILE PHOTO

There was a crackdown on people caught in possession of illicit drugs in Orange Local Court on Monday.

Four people were fined for possessing small amounts of illicit drugs, mainly cannabis or methamphetamine.

Michael Rodney Dasey, 44, of McGowen Street, Old Erowal Bay, did not appear in court but was fined $200 for possessing 0.7 grams of cannabis, and $100 for riding a bike without a helmet.

Police were patrolling Glenroi Avenue at 12.10pm on October 18 when they saw Dasey riding a bike without a helmet.

They stopped and spoke to him about the helmet and the cannabis was found in his backpack.

Fredick George Ferguson, 43, of Calang Street, also did not appear in court and was fined $500 for possessing 0.4 grams of methamphetamine and $100 for possessing 1.4 grams of cannabis.

Ferguson was found in possession of the drugs by plainclothes police who were patrolling Adina Crescent on October 18 at 1.30pm. 

Police initially found the cannabis in his shorts pocket.

However, the methamphetamine was later found at Orange Police Station when police were entering the cannabis as an exhibit.

Gavin James Gibbs, 33, of Lone Pine Avenue, was fined $100 in his absence for possessing 1.1 gram of cannabis.

Police were patrolling Nyrang Road on October 17 when they came across Gibbs at 3.50pm.

He was searched because he appeared unsteady and the cannabis was found rolled in aluminium foil in his pocket.

Shannon Patrick Maguire, 31, of Kite Street, was fined $400 for possessing 0.1 grams of methamphetamine.

Maguire was found in possession of the drug at 1.40am on September 20 when police were patrolling Icely Road and stopped a Toyota Echo sedan that he was a passenger in.

The driver passed a breath test but the car was searched due to the behaviour of the passengers.

Maguire, who had not come to police notice since 2013, claimed the drug was his after it was found under the front passenger seat where he had been sitting.