A Greenfields man who bought more than 30 grams of cannabis off the internet was fined $800 in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Mark Stephen Shaw pleaded guilty to two counts of attempting to obtain a prohibited drug, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The court heard police intercepted a package containing 14 grams of cannabis addressed to Shaw at the Australia Post mail centre in Greenfields on November 28, 2016.
The package was seized and a Misuse of Drugs Act search warrant was executed at Shaw’s home that day.
During the search officers found three bongs, a set of scales, four grams of cannabis leaf and three grams of cannabis-infused wax.
Shaw, who has no prior criminal record, told police he had bought the cannabis off the “dark net”, and had another package due.
On December 5 police again intercepted a package addressed to Shaw containing 28 grams of cannabis.
Magistrate Anne Longden accepted Shaw, who is facing further charges in a Perth court for possession of ecstasy with intent to sell or supply, had sought to address his drug problem by attending counselling.
She referred to the cannabis charges as the “least of [Shaw’s] worries”.
On top of the fine Shaw must pay court costs.
The cannabis, smoking implements and scales will be destroyed.