Man sneaks syringe into jail cell, caught using on CCTV

A MAN who surrendered himself to police failed to surrender the drugs and utensils on him when he was taken into custody.

But the items were soon seized by police after they saw David Glen Morris on closed circuit cameras in the Toowoomba watch house inject himself with drugs.

The Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard Morris had surrendered himself to police about 1pm Tuesday on a return to prison warrant.

After being taken into custody, officers searched Morris but didn't detect the small quantity of drugs or the syringe he had secreted into the cells, police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Robinson told the court.

When in the cells, Sgt Robinson said Morris injected himself with the schedule two drug which had been recorded on CCTV cameras and witnessed by police at the watch house.

The officers then searched the cells and located two hypodermic syringes that had been modified which Morris voluntarily surrendered to police.

Morris' solicitor told the court his client had a relatively clear criminal history with no violent or wilful damage offences, and said he had voluntarily surrendered to police.

Morris pleaded guilty to unlawful drug possession and failing to dispose of a hypodermic syringe.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck fined Morris $900 for the two charges.

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