Esperance man receives community-based order

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Sheldon Gary Harris has received a six-month community-based order after pleading guilty to nine drug-related charges.

Harris appeared in Esperance Magistrates Court on Tuesday, August 6, over the charges, which included possession of methamphetamine, cannabis and drug paraphernalia.

Police prosecutor Senior constable Carolyn Petersen told the court that about 9.50am on June 7, police stopped Harris' vehicle in Nulsen and administered a drug test.

The vehicle was then searched, with police seizing 0.2g of methamphetamine from a zip lock bag inside Harris' wallet.

Three days later, police found Harris in possession of two tabs of LSD, digital scales with traces of methamphetamine, three glass smoking implements, one plastic smoking implement and a cannabis grinder.

When questioned by police, Harris made full admissions.

About 11pm on July 17, police conducted a traffic stop and searched Harris' vehicle, seizing one smoking implement with traces of methamphetamine.

Harris' lawyer told the court he had recently been through a difficult break up, which happened following his release from jail.

Harris was released from prison in June 2018 after being acquitted of aggravated armed robbery.

The lawyer told the court the situation tore the family apart and said Harris admitted to being a drug user but insisted he was not addicted and only used methamphetamine and cannabis socially.

Magistrate Adam Hills-Wright said it was clear that Harris had an ongoing drug problem.

"It's clear that that [jail time] had a profound impact on your life," he said.

"There is an ongoing drug problem here.

"What's screaming out to me is that you're using a dangerous drug, namely methamphetamine.

"I believe a community-based order would be most appropriate, and counselling will help you to get on a better path."

Harris received a six-month community-based order with both supervision and program requirements, additions Magistrate Hills-Wright said were added to reduce the risk of him reoffending.