A Wagga man found with cocaine, ketamine, cash, and his children in a car will serve a jail sentence in the community after the magistrate described his insight into his offending as "impressive".
Nathan Peter Weir, 41, appeared at Wagga Local Court via video link after pleading guilty to deemed supply of a prohibited drug and two counts of possessing a prohibited drug.
On June 12, the Lake Albert man was pulled over by police in Junee after they spotted him holding a phone in his hand and clocked him travelling at an estimated 70km/h in a 50km/h zone.
Documents tendered to the court revealed when police checked his licence, it showed recent information about prohibited drugs.
Weir had gotten out of his car and when police told him to get back in, he said he was checking on his children, aged four and five, in the back.
He told the officers he had smoked cannabis that morning, and a roadside test later returned a positive result for cannabis and cocaine.
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They found nothing else, but as Weir was still shaking, officers thought they had missed something, so they looked under the car where they found two large chewing gum containers on the ground underneath the driver's seat.
The police seized them and found 28 found bags of cocaine weighing 25.03 grams and ketamine and MDMA.
In court on Monday, his solicitor Jack Murray conceded the threshold had been crossed but added Weir's sentence assessment report was "positive".
"He is currently working and taking steps to address his drug use and mental health issues," he said.
Magistrate Miranda Moody noted it had been an early plea of guilty but was concerned he had children in the back of the car.
However, that fact did not form part of the sentencing.
"He is clearly well respected and very well-liked in the greyhound industry in which he moves," Magistrate Moody said.
"I have been provided with a sentencing assessment report which was quite impressive.
"He does have a history of substance abuse and suffers from depression and anxiety but what was impressive was his insight into his offending ... he had been deemed suitable for community service and has a medium risk of reoffending."
Magistrate Moody said she would impose an intensive correction order for 12 months, with the condition that he abstain from drugs.
"You are starting to develop some insight into your offending and do something about it,' she told him.
The ICO will be enforced until July 25, 2022.
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