Barmaid caught with pot plant 'gift' in Central Lane flat

CHARLIE Ann Wells got caught at home with ice and then told police she lets friends use drugs in the Central Lane flat too.

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But it was an errant pot plant "gifted" to her by a thoughtful friend that also caused her a legal problem.

According to Gladstone police the innocent plant went missing from a neighbour's balcony.

Wells, 23, a bar worker, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to possession of methylamphetamine on April 22; possession of drug utensils (glass pipes); having property (digital scales, clips seal bags) suspected of use in a drug offence; permitting use of place (for drugs); receiving tainted property (the plant); and breach of her bail.

Charlie Wells was caught at home with ice.
Charlie Wells was caught at home with ice.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said police had a search warrant when they found a gram of ice in her dressing table, the clip seal bags, a plastic Ice Break bottle made into a bong, two sets of digital scales, glass pipes in a sunglasses case, and a large blue pot with a garden plant.

Sgt Stevens said the property manager told police the plant was from another balcony.

"She (Wells) says it was not stolen but given to her by a friend," Sgt Stevens said.

"She spoke to the complex manager and refused to return it.

"She says she often has friends to stay and they use cannabis."

She was caught with ice.
She was caught with ice.

Magistrate Richard Lehmann said Wells had no relevant criminal history and informed the court she was intending to seek assistance for drug problems.

He sentenced her to six months supervised probation and did not record a conviction.

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