No noodles but dad caught with '50 hits' of amphetamine

A FATHER who went out to buy some Chinese takeaway for the family dinner got more than he wanted when he ended up in jail.

Police officers pulled over his car and when searched found more than noodles -  with police alleging Jared Davis had enough amphetamine on him for "50 hits".

He was also in breach of a bail curfew on other matters.

Jared Anthony Davis, 37, from Fernvale, and a former Darwin resident, was charged with drug possession and other offences and has appeared in the dock of Ipswich Magistrates Court.

Charges include being in possession of a Schedule 1 drug (5.6g) quantity exceeding Schedule 3 at Booval on September 14; obstructing police; and breaching his bail curfew.

In a bail application by his lawyer Kris Jahnke, which was opposed by police, prosecutor Senior Constable Carl Spargo said Davis had history and had served jail time in Darwin.

Sen-Const Spargo said police are alleging that when his car was intercepted in Booval on Saturday night, Davis was found with 5.6g of amphetamine.

Davis was on bail for serious drug charges to be finalised in the Supreme Court this Friday.

Sen-Const Spargo said the formal police objection to bail document was that the alleged amphetamine quantity was "equivalent of about 50 hits".

Mr Jahnke said Davis was on Magistrates Court bail and this included a 7pm home curfew but he was intercepted at 7.40pm.

He said Davis had already spent 330 days held in pre-sentence custody for offences now before the Supreme Court.

Davis was conditionally released in June because of the potential risk he could end up spending longer time in jail than the sentence yet to be imposed.

Mr Jahnke confirmed these Supreme Court matters were set to be finalised on September 20, saying it was likely Davis would not be required to serve further jail time.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess queried as to why the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (Crown) would not be alleging commerciality when police in the bail objection refer to the amphetamine as being enough for 50 hits.

Sen-Const Spargo said the 50 hits was so, but no commerciality was being alleged.

"I can confirm the DPP will not prosecute that amount in the higher court," he said.

Mr Jahnke said it would appear Davis was a user of the alleged drug and that matter would proceed in the Magistrates Court.

He said it was not unusual for users to use two or three (grams) a day.

Mr Jahnke said Davis instructs that he went out to buy food from a Chinese takeaway and had the drug on him.

He sought bail, saying Davis had a psychological appointment, a medical appointment for his son, and a meeting with his bank to get funds for his legal costs in the Supreme Court.

Ms Sturgess said Davis's history included convictions in 2015, 2016, and 2018; and he had received a jail term in NSW for supply of methylamphetamine.

Finding him to be an unacceptable risk, bail was refused. His matters will be mentioned again on September 24.

Ross Irby