CAUGHT: Zachary Hodges and Elizabeth Hodges had their home raided for drugs.
CAUGHT: Zachary Hodges and Elizabeth Hodges had their home raided for drugs.

Dalby cousins shared in drug use, house raided by police

WHEN detectives raided a Dalby home they suspected to be a haven of drug use, they discovered two cousins and house mates sharing in their addiction.

Police prosecutor Jodie Tahana told Dalby Magistrates Court on June 5 detectives from the Dalby Criminal Investigation Branch arrived at the home of Zachary David Hodges and Elizabeth Ann Hodges on Katherine Street at 9.30am.

The court heard Zachary was not home during the search, however police located a used water pipe in his bedroom.

Three days later on June 8, Zachary participated in an interview at Dalby station when he said he had owned the pipe for two weeks before the search.

In the same search, Elizabeth declared a quantity of marijuana in her bedside table and a glass pipe.

Police went on to locate a bowl of chopped marijuana on her bedside table and the glass pipe she declared.

In total, police found a total of 2.1 grams of marijuana.

Duty lawyer Claire Graham told the court her clients had been cooperative with police during the search and in interviews, and Elizabeth was willing to participate in a drug diversion program to help with her addiction.

Ms Graham said Elizabeth had suffered a “significant leg injury” four years ago that almost resulted in her losing her leg, and she abused marijuana to cope with the pain.

Zachary pleaded guilty to possessing utensils or pipes that had been used.

He was fined $150 and no conviction was recorded.

Elizabeth pleaded guilty to possessing utensils or pipes that had been used, and possessing dangerous drugs.

Magistrate Tracy Mossop sentenced her to a four month good behaviour bond, and ordered to pay $250 if the order was breached.

She will also be required to attend a drug diversion seminar in September.

No conviction was recorded.


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