Tobacco store’s dodgy ‘policy’ doesn’t fool police
A LOCKYER Valley shopkeeper told police he had a perfectly reasonable explanation for keeping used pipes and meth in his shop.
When police searched the shop on June 11, they found three used glass pipes, four used plastic pipes, a collection of used clipseal bags and one which contained almost a gram of meth.
Gatton Magistrates Court heard the tobacconist Edward Adiwinata, 44, told police he had found the drug utensils and drugs on the floor of his shop, calling it “lost property” left behind by customers.
When police questioned him, the Plainland business owner and father of two said he kept the items in his shop so he could train new staff about what isn’t for sale.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Alister Windsor said investigators found it wasn’t the case.
“Police confirmed this was not a store policy of the particular establishment,” Sgt Windsor said.
Adiwinata pleaded guilty to possessing utensils and possessing dangerous drugs.
He was fined $400 and no conviction was recorded.
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