Court finds 1.6kg of weed was not for commercial use

A DRUG addict busted with 1.6kg of marijuana - some that was hidden in a bag in a public park - has escaped serving jail time because of his honesty and guilty plea.

When Paul Jason Vincent Griffiths, 42, was busted with 295g of marijuana, he came clean to police about another stash of the drug he had hidden in a bag at a park.

Griffiths, who has faced matters at Ipswich Magistrates Court in the past, pleaded guilty to possessing marijuana that was worth between $7900 and $18,000.

During his sentence hearing at Brisbane District Court on Monday, the prosecution argued this amount should be treated as a commercial quantity.

But Judge Brendan Butler did not agree.

He said more detailed evidence was needed to establish commerciality.

Judge Butler said a public park at Inala was an unusual place to store the drug but that did not prove Griffiths had a commercial purpose.

He said he would sentence Griffiths on the basis the drug was used for personal use.

The court heard police would not have known about the marijuana bag in the park if Griffiths had not told them about it and Judge Butler said he took this into account.

The court also heard Griffiths had a long standing drug addiction.

Judge Butler said Griffiths had a "significant" criminal history including drug offences dating back years and property offences.

"The offending, particularly in light of your criminal history, is concerning," Judge Butler said. "But the mitigating factors mean that I must impose a sentence that reflects all of those considerations."

He said his guilty plea and admission to police meant he escaped actual jail time.

Griffiths was sentenced to six months jail, with immediate parole.

Judge Butler said he had to stay out of trouble and that he would be subjected to drug tests.

"You need to get your act together," he told Griffiths. - ARM NEWSDESK

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