Synthetic cannabis: man fined for selling drug out of Rockingham internet cafe

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A FORMER employee of Rockingham gaming café Lan World has been fined for selling drugs out of the premises.

Christopher John Hartnett pleaded guilty at Rockingham Magistrates Court on May 27 to possession of prohibited drugs with intent to sell or supply.

The prosecutor said during a search warrant on July 18, 2014 at the business address, police located 17 x 3 gram bags of synthetic cannabis and 78 x 3 gram bags of synthetic cannabis known as ‘darkside’ in a back office with a total weight of 285 grams.

Police said at the time there were about 20 to 30 people in the store who ‘did not appear to be there for the purpose of playing video games’.

They said in exchange for selling the drugs for $50 each, Hartnett was paid an extra $500 per week on top of his usual wage.

Hartnett was employed by a co-accused.

They said the business was selling around $10,000 a week worth of the synthetic cannabis.

His lawyer said the 19-year-old had co-operated from the start and originally pleaded guilty.

He said Hartnett now had new employment and immaturity and no life experience were the main reasons for Hartnett’s role at Lan World.

Magistrate Andrew Maughan said a female co-accused had been convicted earlier and fined $2000.

“If she had of come before me she would have been significantly dealt with,” he said.

“You will go to prison if you come before me with this again.”

Hartnett was fined $1750 and the magistrate ordered the drugs be destroyed.