Man caught on private bus with drug argues sentence

A MAN who claimed the drugs he had on a private bus travelling to the Birdsville races were for personal use has argued his jail sentence was manifestly excessive.

Kevin David Power was found with more than 18g cocaine, 460g marijuana and about 2g amphetamines during a police traffic stop where the Mitchell Highway intercepts with the Balonne Highway in August, 2011.

They also had $8000 cash, $1000 meat and 21 cartons of beer for what they claimed was a trip from NSW to celebrate a 50th birthday.

Barrister Jeff Hunter, acting for Power, said four year head sentence was too high, that the appropriate range was three to three and a half years.

He said his client's sentence should be suspended or he should be released on parole after serving a third.

Crown prosecutor Jonathon Horton said the sentence was not manifestly excessive considering the large quantity of drugs.

He said Power was sentenced on the basis the drugs were destined for commercial distribution.

The court heard the sentencing judge did not accept Power's explanation that the drugs were for personal use to share among his friends.

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