Red shoes the key to identify 19yo Dalby drug dealer
OWEN Steven Michael Jones’s criminal history is off to a flying start at just 19-years-old after he was found to have supplied drugs to the Dalby community on ten different occasions, among a string of other serious offences.
Police prosecutor senior constable Jodie Tahana told Dalby Magistrates Court the Dalby Child Protection Unit and the Dalby Criminal Investigation Branch conducted a search warrant on Jones’s address and issued him with his rights and cautions on October 15 last year.
Police located a Samsung Galaxy S9 which the defendant said was his personal phone, and gave them the pin to unlock the phone.
Police found text messages and photos indicating Jones had supplied or offered to supply drugs on ten different occasions between December 30 2018 and September 2019.
At 9.30am on December 12, police were called to Kebab Zone in Dalby Shoppingworld after the owner found the shop had been broken into.
Snr const Tahana told the court the owner found the keys to the shop on the bench and saw the petty cash tin had gone missing.
The keys to the petty cash tin, which were normally hidden in a tin of tea bags, had been removed.
The owner of the store submitted CCTV footage which showed a young man wearing red shoes breaking into the store, and the owner said they recognised the person as a staff member.
At 11.45am on that same day, police arrested Jones at his house.
Before being transported to Dalby station, Jones put on a pair of red shoes identical to the ones the person was wearing in the CCTV footage when they broke into the store.
It was also later revealed that Jones had failed to attend a court mandated drug diversion therapy session on November 13.
Duty lawyer Claire Graham told the court Jones had been placed on a nine month probation order on November 26 last year, and Jones’s drug offences had predated that probation order but the enter premises charge was during the order.
Ms Graham asked Magistrate Roger Stark to consider a probation order for her client as he was young and had previously responded well.
A community corrections officer from Dalby Probation and Parole told the court Jones had been “doing well” with probation and was “engaging well” with supervisors.
Jones pleaded guilty to ten counts of supplying dangerous drugs, two counts of failure to appear in accordance with an undertaking, contravening the direction or requirement of police, and entering a premises and committing an indictable offence.
Mr Stark sentenced him to six months probation for all offences except the contravene direction for which he was fined $100.
No convictions were recorded.