A woman who smoked cannabis – not knowing it also contained the drug ice – brought a warning from a Maitland magistrate this week to people buying narcotics.
“You say you didn’t know the cannabis you bought also contained methamphetamines,” magistrate L Brennan told Bianca Serduk.
“That is the thing.
“When you buy off the street, you don’t know what you are getting.”
The case involving Serduk, whose address at the time was Eschol Park near Campbelltown, was listed for hearing in Maitland Local Court on Monday.
Serduk, 19, pleaded guilty to driving with an illicit drug.
She was fined $300 and disqualified from driving for six months.
“This is one of the worst [driving] records I have seen for a young lady,” Mr Brennan told her.
Serduk’s record since 2013 involved various offences, including not displaying P-plates, speeding and fine defaults.
The court heard she had not been aware of the length of time cannabis remained in a person’s system after it had been taken.
Police papers tendered to the court said that on June 22 this year, Serduk had been driving a Mazda on Narellan Road near Campbelltown.
Police had stopped her vehicle because her registration had expired on June 5.
Serduk returned a negative breath test, but an oral fluid test showed a positive detection of cannabis, the police papers said.
She was arrested and taken to Eagle Vale police station where analysis of the test showed positive for both ice and cannabis.