A MELBOURNE man had ecstasy tablets, along with two other drugs, when stopped by police near Tocumwal on his way to a NSW music festival last year.
Police from Deniliquin were doing random breath testing on the Lower River Road and had a drug dog when Ben Briggs was pulled over about 1pm on November 23.
A court has heard Briggs produced a Victorian licence after his breath sample was negative.
He was told about the drug detection dog and produced two tablets with smiley faces when police asked whether he had any drugs.
They were in the car’s centre console in a round air freshener container.
Briggs admitted they were ecstasy.
Police realised Briggs was attending the nearby Strawberry Fields Festival and thought he could have other drugs
Officers asked to search his car, Briggs agreed and they found more ecstasy, magic mushroom and speed.
Briggs, 22, of Lebanon Street, Strathmore, appeared for sentencing in Albury Local Court yesterday on three counts of drug possession.
Police had found 11 ecstasy tablets with a total weight of 3.1 grams, 0.8 grams of speed and 0.7 grams of magic mushroom.
Magistrate Tony Murray said the traffickable quantity for ecstasy is 0.75 of a gram.
He said Briggs had more than four times that amount, but he had not been charged with the deemed supply of it.
Mr Murray said the amount of ecstasy in his possession was a problem for Briggs with sentencing.
The amount of ecstasy put it at the top end of the scale for a possession charge.
“There must have been some degree of planning to possess ecstasy, amphetamine and magic mushroom,” Mr Murray said.
Briggs, an apprentice electrician, told police the drugs were for his own use.
He was fined $700 for the ecstasy and $250 each for the other two matters.
His parents were with him in court.