The 5kg of weed in my car? It fell off the back of a truck

CHRISTOPHER James Lamb reckoned the 5kg of marijuana he was found with had fallen off the back of the truck.

Lamb, 31, had been pulled over by a police operation on the Leichhardt Hwy near Taroom on August 22, last year, Toowoomba District Court heard.

Though he told police he hadn't any drugs on him, a search of his car found 15 bags containing a total of 5kg of marijuana, Crown prosecutor Kathleen Millican told the court.

Initially he told police he had been given the drug but when interviewed at the Roma Police Station, Lamb said he had found the bags of marijuana at the side of the road when he stopped to relieve himself.

He said he knew there was 5kg of drug because he did weight lifting.

Ms Millican said the Crown couldn't say what role Lamb played, but by the amount of drug found and how it had been packed into 448g (1lb) and 224g (half-pound) lots pointed to a commercial operation.

Had the marijuana been sold in 1oz (28g) lots, the potential street value of the haul would have been more than $43,000, she said.

Lamb pleaded guilty to possessing a dangerous drug above 500g in weight.

His barrister Robbie Davies said his client had only a minor criminal history dating back 11 years and had no previous offences involving drugs.

His client was married with two children and a had a good job on the mines, working at Hay Point outside Mackay, Mr Davies said.

Lamb no longer used marijuana and accepted he had been "very stupid" involving himself on this occasion, he said.

Taking into account his early plea of guilty and his lack of similar criminal history, Judge Sarah Bradley sentenced Lamb to 10 months jail but ordered that the whole term be suspended for three years during which time he must not re-offend.

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