Hefty fines for men caught with drugs

TWO men have been fined $1000 each in Orange Local Court after they were charged with drug possession.

Police said 44-year-old Mervyn Edwin Ross of Nyrang Road was caught at about 4pm on October 13 when officers stopped his Ford Falcon sedan.

Ross told them his had visited a known drug premises and was subjected to a search where police located 0.4 grams of methamphetamine worth $50.

Legal Aid solicitor Peter Ringbauer told the court on Monday his client had used drugs before, but not for many months.

“His wife is suffering from cancer, he was picked up by police and it was taken from him,” he said.

“He hasn’t consumed since and he was glad they picked him up because he was he was dealing with problems in a manner that was not appropriate.”

Fining Ross, magistrate Terry Lucas warned him he had almost reached the point of going to jail.

Meanwhile, police said 35-year-old Adam Stuart Dean, of Toogong Street Cudal, was walking down Yvonne Crescent from Phillip Street just before 11am on October 12 when officers stopped him a short distance from a known cannabis supplier.

Police searched Dean and found one gram of cannabis in his right hand.

Dean admitted he bought the drug 10 minutes prior for $20.

He failed to appear in court and Mr Lucas sentenced him in his absence.

Threat accused adjourned

CHRISTOPHER Steven Wilson, 22, will face court next month after he was charged with using a carriage service to menace, harass, offend and threaten to kill.

The incident involved former NSW deputy premier Troy Grant.