Maddington man fined for illicit drug and firearm possession

Maddington man fined for illicit drug and firearm possession

A MADDINGTON man has avoided jail time after pleading guilty to a slew of drug-related offences and illegal firearm possession.

Jake Christopher Howlett (23) was fined $3000 after he pleaded guilty to a range of drug and firearm possession charges.

On August 23 last year, police executed a search warrant at Mr Howlett’s premises in Maddington and discovered 246.8g of cannabis, 3.14g of methylamphetamine, a small quantity of MDMA tablets, a firearm, two rounds of ammunition and $6000 in cash.

He was charged with possessing methylamphetamine and MDMA, possessing prohibited drugs with intent to sell, possessing an unlicensed firearm and two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia containing a prohibited drug.

He was also charged with possessing stolen or unlawfully obtained property and possessing a controlled weapon.

The defence lawyer said Mr Howlett had battled drug problems since he was 13 and had used the money from his drug dealing to fund his own addiction.

He said his client had attended rehabilitation clinics, but his meth use had spiked around the time of his arrest and he did not remember how he came to possess the firearm.

While the magistrate said she understood Mr Howlett had attempted to deal with his drug problems, the 3.14g of methylamphetamine was not an insignificant account and he needed to be deterred from re-offending.