‘Self-taught’ driver, cannabis dealer avoids jail

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A MAN who was found with 100g of cannabis, and claimed he only used the money he got selling drugs for his weekend partying, has avoided jail.

Junaid Ahsan pleaded guilty to careless driving, no authority to drive, possession of cannabis with intent to sell or supply and possession of unlawfully obtained property when he appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on March 25.

The police prosecutor said Ahsan drove onto a Kwinana Freeway on ramp at 135km per hour before continuing at that speed for some distance.

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He told police the reason for his high speed was because he never received formal driving lessons and was self-taught.

Police discovered he had never held a driver’s licence and only had a learner’s permit.

Police searched his car where they discovered nearly 100g of cannabis and $2600 in cash.

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He admitted to police that he sold the drugs and was on his way to a deal when he was pulled over.

But he denied the money was from the sale of drugs but was ‘earnings from a part-time job and he spent his drug earnings on his weekend partying’.

Magistrate Edwards sentenced him to a community-based order of 12 months with supervision, programs and urine analysis.

He was also fined $800 and disqualified from driving for three months.

An order for forfeiture of the $2600 was also made.