Marijuana on the menu
IF YOU looked in Robert Warburton's wardrobe on June 6, you'd have found a happy meal that's off the menu at McDonald's.
It comprised 79g of cannabis wrapped in a brown bag from the restaurant chain.
Police officers discovered the stash just after 3pm at the home in O'Gradys Ln, Yamba, after receiving a call from Mr Warburton's defacto.
The woman told police Warburton returned home from work about 1.30pm that day and grabbed a plastic resealable bag containing 20 buds, a set of scales and two foils containing cannabis.
The woman said Warburton left the house saying he intended to sell the drugs.
Police then confronted Warburton at his workplace at Palmers Island.
He admitted the drugs at the O'Gradys Ln home were his and said he had stashed the plastic resealable bag in nearby bushes.
A search failed to recover the drugs and police again questioned Warburton about the whereabouts of the cannabis.
He then said he had left the plastic resealable bag at his brother's Yamba home.
Police accompanied Warburton to his brother's house and on arrival a woman opened the door.
Police facts tendered before Maclean Local Court on Tuesday stated officers heard the woman tell Warburton “it's gone”.
Warburton told police his brother had found the plastic resealable bag and taken it away to dispose of it.
Police said if the drugs and scales could not be found, they would obtain a search warrant for his brother's house.
Warburton's brother returned to his home a few minutes later with the plastic resealable bag containing the drugs and scales.
Warburton was arrested and taken to Yamba police station.
The McDonald's bag contained 79g of cannabis, the two foils in the plastic resealable bag contained 15g of cannabis and the 20 buds weighed a total of 36g.
In total, Warburton was charged with possessing 130g of the prohibited drug.
Police facts also showed Warburton had three prior convictions relating to the possession and cultivation of cannabis. Magistrate David Heilpern fined Warburton $400 plus $81 court costs and ordered the drugs be destroyed.