Gladstone ice user busted twice driving when she is disqualified

A GLADSTONE court was told that a young woman's drug of choice was ice but she was now actively trying to do something about her addiction.

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Zara Richards, 20, was also busted twice within weeks of driving when disqualified by a court order.

Richards pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to eight offences including two counts of possession of dangerous drugs methylamphetamine and cannabis on June 30; possession of drug utensils; two counts of driving at Calliope on May 28 and June 30 when disqualified; and possession of a knife in public.

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Smoking a crack pipe.Photo:John Gass / Tweed Daily News
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Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said Richards was disqualified for three months by the court on April 26 but on May 28 was caught driving.

Richards told officers she did recall a recent court matter but hadn't realised she was disqualified.

Then at 11.20pm on June 30 she was again stopped by police when driving at Calliope.

She had a switch blade knife "for protection" and in her handbag police found clip seal bags with small amounts of cannabis and ice.

She told officers the ice was hers and that she smokes it. The "weed" was also hers but that she didn't smoke.

Lawyer Stacey O'Gorman said Richards instructs she became addicted to ice in 2015 but was working at overcoming the issue.

"Ice is her drug of choice," she said.

Magistrate Melanie Ho warned Richards that if she went before her again for driving when disqualified she would likely face a jail term.

"And ice is not the preferred drug of choice. Ice is dangerous," Ms Ho said.

"You are not working. Aren't you better off buying things other than ice."

Ms Ho sentenced Richards to 18 months supervised probation that will include drug counselling and urine tests.

For the two driving offences she was disqualified for two years and three years which will be cumulative.

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