Teen busted with hidden knives, $3000 cash, drugs

A teenager with two large knives hidden in his car, a bag of marijuana stuffed under his shirt and more than $3000 in cash was busted by police just 15 minutes after buying the drugs.

Max Cullen was charged after police patrolling in Noosa became suspicious of a lone sedan parked at the end of Lake Weyba Drive on January 5.

The 19-year-old, who was the sole occupant of the car, said he was just having a cigarette when police questioned him.

Police prosecutor Alison Johnstone said checks revealed his car's registration had expired 28 days prior and Cullen was asked to step out of the car.

The officers saw a bulge under his shirt which they suspected could be a weapon, but turned out to be a 28g bag of marijuana, Noosa Magistrates Court heard.

Further searches of his car revealed Cullen's wallet containing $3295 cash and two large knives hidden on either side of the centre console, one with a 28cm blade and one with a 35cm blade.

Max Cullen pleaded guilty in Noosa Magistrates Court on Tuesday to several offences including drug possession, trespassing and stealing.
Max Cullen pleaded guilty in Noosa Magistrates Court on Tuesday to several offences including drug possession, trespassing and stealing.

Defence lawyer Anna Smith said the Gympie teenager wasn't a regular drug user and that Cullen had bought the marijuana only 15 minutes before police showed up.

"He had a bit of money and decided to buy some cannabis for personal use," she said.

Two weeks later Cullen and another person stole almost $300 worth of groceries including meat, snacks and soft drink from a Noosa Coles.

Sgt Johnstone said they were seen on CCTV footage "fleeing" the store without paying.

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Later that night police found Cullen and his co-accused with the stolen food on the rooftop of a nearby resort after a manager reported them for trespassing, the court heard.

Sgt Johnstone said Cullen and the co-accused, who weren't residents or guests, had gained entry to the rooftop of the Noosa Drive resort and had been drinking alcohol and cooking.

She said police could see vomit on the floor of the rooftop area as well as damage to garden beds.

Some of the stolen groceries from Coles had been consumed or disposed, but there was $280 worth of remaining items, the court heard.

Cullen pleaded guilty on Tuesday to possessing dangerous drugs, possessing a knife in public, stealing, trespassing, driving an unregistered vehicle, possessing property suspected of being used in connection with a drug offence and possessing suspected stolen property.

Ms Smith said Cullen had pleaded guilty at an early opportunity showing remorse for his behaviour.

"He's an ordinary 19-year-old carpentry apprentice who goes to the gym and leads a healthy lifestyle," she said.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist fined Cullen a total of $1750 and ordered the knives be forfeited.

He also ordered Cullen to pay $140 restitution, half the value of the stolen groceries.

No convictions were recorded.