An 80-year-old man convicted as part of a massive drug sting in Broome after being caught selling cannabis was fined
$2000 and warned he was lucky to have avoided jail.
Ahmad bin Haji Mohamed Noor pleaded guilty in Broome Magistrate’s Court on December 21, to one count of selling a prohibited drug.
Magistrate Colin Roberts admonished the frail pensioner for his behaviour, saying it was an “absolute shame” he was facing jail at his age.
The court heard Ahmad was caught selling three bags of cannabis weighing a gram each from the front door of his home in Broome about 2.40pm on November 11.
He netted $90 from the sale.
Police arrested him on December 5, when he admitted to the charge.
The court heard Ahmad, who lives on a pension of about $400 a week, did not smoke the drug and would not reap the proceeds of the sale – the money would have been spent on cigarettes for his son.
His lawyer said Ahmad’s daughter was making arrangements for him to live at another house where he would receive better care.
Magistrate Colin Roberts noted that the pensioner had a history of similar offences and had been fined $600 18 months ago. Fining Ahmad $2000 plus costs, he said if the pensioner continued in a similar vein, he would be jailed.
Another man accused of one count of possessing and three counts of selling methylamphetamine as part of the same drug sting was remanded until January 14.