A teenage drug trafficker caught with MDMA hidden in his ute at a South Australian schoolies event has avoided jail time.
Dean Bradley Male, who was 18 at the time, was stopped by police in a car park at Victor Harbor, south of Adelaide, during schoolies week in November last year.
After being told a drug detection dog was on its way, Male admitted he had pills taped to the tray of his ute and officers conducted a search.
They found five plastic bags containing 36 pills, fragments and powder, weighing a total of 7.4 grams and containing the drug MDMA.
Sentencing him in the District Court, Judge Jack Costello said Male initially blamed a friend who wanted him to sell the pills for $20 each, but later admitted responsibility.
"You accept that you took the tablets with you and that you were going to share them with and or sell them to friends at the price for which you purchased them," the judge said in remarks published on Monday.
Judge Costello said Male, who pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in a controlled drug, had now stopped using recreational drugs and was unlikely to re-offend.
He was handed a 12-month non-parole period, wholly suspended on a two-year good behaviour bond.
"I urge you to take the right path," Judge Costello told him.
Australian Associated Press