When a good deed ends very, very badly ...

AFTER copping more than $3000 in fines and confiscated cash, Helidon man James Reyner Keenan will be more careful to whom he gives a lift in the future.

Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard Keenan, 29, blew a breath/alcohol reading of 0.141 after being pulled over by police on Milne St on April 18.

When pulling out his driver's licence, Keenan was seen to have a $1560 in cash in his wallet which pricked the interest of police.

A subsequent search of his car found a bag in which a number of small plastic bags each containing small amounts of marijuana was found, police prosecutor Senior Constable Natalie Bugden told the court.

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Total weight of marijuana found was 72.5g, she said.

Keenan told police he had given some people a lift in his car that day and they had left the bag in his car, she said.

He pleaded guilty to drink-driving, possessing a dangerous drug and possessing tainted property.

His solicitor Shane MacDonald told the court his client had no previous history of drug-related offences.

He said his client had a good job with good income and worked six or seven days a week.

His client instructed the bag found in his car was not his but left there, Mr MacDonald submitted.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck fined Keenan $1500 with no conviction recorded and ordered he forfeit the $1560 to the Crown.

On the drink-driving offence, Keenan was fined a further $950 and disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver's licence for five months.


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