Suspended jail sentence for miner caught with drugs

A former mine project manager has told a court that his problems with drug abuse started after having to sack 51 workers.

Danny Parkinson’s house was raided by police in January this year where they found ecstasy pills, methamphetamines and testosterone.

The 31-year-old pleaded guilty in Mackay Magistrates Court to six charges, including two counts of possession of dangerous drugs, the Daily Mercury reported.

40 “white dove” pills were discovered along with the drug ice, which Parkinson said he uses everyday.

The court was told the pills were being saved for use at upcoming music festivals.

Another 12 pills were amphetamine, which Parkinson said he used to wean himself off ice.

$110 in cash, two vials of a liquid form of testosterone, glass pipes and a set of scales for weighing drugs were also seized by police.

Parkinson’s lawyer Antoinette Morton told the court his drug use started after having to fire 51 mine workers, including his best man and groomsmen.

Morton conceded Parkinson was in breach of his parole conditions from a previous court hearing.

"He is a first-time drug offender and he accepts that he has an issue with drug addiction that is a combination of a number of issues," she said.

"He had to put off 51employees including three of his groomsmen and best man. The stress caused his marriage to break down. This loss of relationship has sent him spiraling."

Parkinson was sentenced to 12 months jail which was immediately suspended for two years, and fined $1850.

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