Three months off the road for meth use

A 22-year-old Hawks Nest woman has been fined $200 and disqualified from driving for three months at Cowra Local Court on Wednesday, February 7.

Shannon Margaret Thurtell was charged with driving a vehicle while an illicit drug was present in her blood.

While not appearing before the court a message was sent by Thurtell stating she forgot to attend court and wished to plead guilty and have the matter dealt with in her absence.

According to police facts around 11.50pm on June 12, 2017 Thurtell was stopped by police for a random breath test and drug test.

While her breath test returned a negative reading, her oral fluid test returned a positive reading for methamphetamine.

A secondary oral fluid test at Cowra Police Station returned a negative reading THC and meth, the remainder of the sample was sent to the Forensic and Analytical Science Service in Lidcombe which returned positive to methamphetamine. 

In relation to her drug taking Thurtell told police, “I had some ice at a friends place in Orange, I don’t take it often”.

Possession of prohibited drug

A 32-year-old Grenfell woman has been fined $100 at Cowra Local Court on Wednesday, February 7.

Jacinta Therese Fergusion failed to appear before the court charged with possessing a prohibited drug.

According to police facts around 1.45pm on January 17 police were informed of a possible drug transaction on Melyra Street, Grenfell . As a result of this information police began a patrol of Melyra Street where they found Fergusion and another person.

Police stopped and spoke to the pair before informing them they would be searched. Fergusion’s companion complied searching himself from police.

Fergusion at first refused to be searched but eventually consented, handing over a pink handbag to be searched telling police, “It’s in the middle pocket.”

When police searched the bag they located a clear resealable bag which contained cannabis.

Fergusion was then arrested and taken to Grenfell Police Station where the bag was weighed at 34 grams.