Case Facts: Police executed a search warrant at his premises and found nearly $10,000 in cash as well as hundreds of vials of steroids and a .22 rifle with a silencer and ammunition. Police also recovered a diary with various ‘figures’ written that had corresponding reference to steroids. Police had monitored phone calls pursuant to a Telephone Intercept Warrant.
A plea of guilty was entered to the Possession of Steroids. A plea of guilty was entered to the Deal With Proceeds of Crime matter but the facts disputed as the client claimed that some of the money was lawfully obtained. A plea of not guilty was entered to all of the firearms charges on the basis that the client did not have knowledge that those items were in his house.
His father had brought a number of rifles and guns to his house in the late 1980’s, and since then they were taken to a police station when a gun amnesty was operating. The client was not aware that the .22 rifle remained in the house.
Police accepted the explanation in relation to the firearms charges and those charges were withdrawn and dismissed. Documentation was produced establishing that more than $6,000 was lawfully obtained.
Result: The client was fined $1,000 for possession of the steroids and placed on a good behaviour bond in relation to the proceeds of crime matter. $3,000 was forfeited to the crown and in excess of $6,000 returned to the client.
The client was ecstatic. Courts often view the combination of drugs and firearms as being particularly serious.