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Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke

When police arrived at his Lenah Valley, Tas., Australia home to investigate an alleged domestic dispute, Fabian Christopher Peterson, 19, invited them in. The first thing officers did was point out the bong they saw, and ask if it was his. Peterson not only said yes, but added that “I’d just had an argument with my missus and I’d had a few cones to calm my nerves.” Magistrate Catherine Rheinberger fined him A$200 (US$198.50) on the ensuing drug charge. But Peterson objected: “They left me with the dope,” he told her. The police “took the bong but left the dope. I dont see what the point is.” The magistrate told him to take his complaint up with the police. (RC/Hobart Mercury) ...He’d have to be high to do that.
Original Publication Date: 30 January 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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