Drug amount ‘alarming’

By Grace Jones | posted on May 18, 2019

AN ALBANY university student was found guilty and sentenced in Albany Magistrates Court last week on 13 drug related charges.

Cyril Norment appeared in court with mother and father in tow to face charges of possessing cannabis, MDMA, cocaine, cannabis oil, cannabis seeds, drug paraphernalia and possession of more than $500 that was stolen or unlawfully obtained.

Prosecuting Sergeant Alan Dean said Mr Norment was pulled over in Arthur River on New Year’s Eve for a random drug and alcohol test when he indicated he was a cannabis user.

“After a search of his car, 453 grams of cannabis was found along with a pair of silver scales, more than $500 in cash, approximately 0.5 grams of cocaine, 0.5 grams of cannabis in a small bag, another five grams of cannabis, 2.5 grams of cannabis mixed with tobacco, 30ml of cannabis oil, approximately one gram of MDMA, eight cannabis seeds, a brass cannabis smoking instrument, a glass cone piece and two capsules containing MDMA,” he said.

Defense lawyer Bruno Illari addressed Magistrate Raelene Johnston and said his client was travelling to Albany after his group of friends had pooled their resources to purchase the large amount of cannabis to be shared in the group.

“He accepts the other drugs were for personal use,” he said.

“He has no prior record and has participated in the counselling with Palmerston Association.”

Magistrate Johnston said while she accepted his clean record and youth would be considered in sentencing, the amount of drugs he had in his possession was alarming.

Mr Norment was given a $1200 fine, a total of 27 months on a community corrections order and seven months in prison suspended for 18 months.