A TAMWORTH truck driver has been suspended from driving and warned he could face jail after pleading guilty to possessing amphetamines.
Ecclastua Shane Pryor fronted Tamworth Local Court to answer one count of possessing a prohibited drug when Magistrate Roger Prowse took his licence off him.
Magistrate Prowse told the court “there was no other penalty available than a fulltime custodial sentence,” after amphetamines were allegedly hidden in a compartment in Pryor’s truck.
Mr Prowse said the consequences of drugs and trucks could be fatal, recounting a serious accident a few years ago.
Pryor, who appeared dressed in a white shirt and tie, was ordered to hand over his licence.
Magistrate Prowse placed Pryor on bail due to the seriousness of the offence and ordered him to report to police three times a week and not drive a motor vehicle under any circumstances.
Pryor’s solicitor said his client would have an “opportunity while on bail to commence drug and alcohol counselling.”
Police will allege Pryor made admissions the amphetamines were for personal use.
Pryor was driving a prime mover when he was stopped by Oxley Highway Patrol about 8am on July 11 on the New England Highway at Garoo.
Officers searched the vehicle where they allegedly found a white powder, believed to be amphetamines, in a storage compartment in the cabin of the truck.
An intensive corrections order assessment has been ordered ahead of Pryor’s sentencing on November 11.