Mine worker jailed over drug charges

Police have intercepted $28,000 worth of drugs after monitoring a mine labourer's phone calls.

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Police have intercepted $28,000 worth of drugs after monitoring a mine labourer’s phone calls.

The Morning Bulletin reports that conversations between mine worker Luke Stiler and a relative lead to the seizure of ecstasy and cannabis.

Stiler was reportedly earning $1,800 a week working at a Blackwater mine.

According to The Morning Bulletin the drugs were intercepted en-route from Brisbane to mining town Blackwater in central Queensland.

Stiler was sentenced to seven years jail over the offence but will be eligible for parole in 18 months.

In his ruling Justice McMeekin said Stiler’s youth at the time of the offence, guilty plea, and rehabilitation attempts had earned him a more favourable decision.

Yesterday a former Anglo American coal worker pleaded guilty to drug possession after he was found with 109 ecstasy tablets.

The man was also found with 500 clip-seal bags and a set of scales, which Crown prosecutor Michael Cowen said could assert commercial ambitions.

Earlier this year a mine site drug tester said methamphetamine, commonly known as ice, was also starting to make its way to mining camps around Australia.

Image: The Brisbane Times

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