Care worker convicted on cocaine charges
A RANDOM breath test ended with drug possession charges for a 63-year-old refugee care worker.
In Coffs Harbour District Court, Rowan Scott Edwards was convicted of supply and possession of illicit drugs, and goods in custody.
The charges date from April 2 last year when police stopped his car on Combine St for a breath test.
Edwards returned a negative reading, but suspicions were raised when police observed him "fidgeting", "nervous" and having "pinpoint eyes".
The court heard police searched his sedan where digital scales and two mobile phones were found.
Shortly after, a white medicine bottle fell out of Edwards's pants that contained plastic bags filled with 12.68g of cocaine and small quantities of MDMA and marijuana.
Edwards told police he did not know how the bottle came to be in his pants, but claimed "he tripped over it" earlier that day.
Police also found $4500 in cash in Edwards's pocket.
In court, Edwards changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced to 12 months' jail, suspended on a good behaviour bond.