THE elephant within the room was an decoration containing a small quantity of amphetamine, when police visited Neil Allan Lightfoot on March 19, Gympie Magistrates Courtroom was informed on Monday.

Lightfoot, 45, pleaded responsible to possessing meth amphetamine and to 2 separate expenses of permitting a minor to play a gaming machine at a Gympie lodge, on Might 18 and 21.

The court docket was informed Tactical Crime squad police discovered “lower than one gram of crystal inside a decorative elephant” after they exercised a warrant at Lightfoot’s handle.

The gaming expenses adopted a lodge attendant noticing a teenage lady in Lightfoot’s firm enjoying the pokies.

Safety video checks confirmed these incidents on Might 18 and 21.

Lightfoot’s lawyer stated Lightfoot had been identified about 12 months in the past as schizophrenic and had “self medicated with illicit medicine.”

Justice of the Peace Chris Callaghan stated Lightfoot had been ordered final October to serve a suspended sentence for offences together with drug possession and had been granted quick parole.

He accepted Lightfoot’s unchallenged declare he had forgotten concerning the small quantity of drug materials within the elephant and fined him a complete of $700.