Why this man was living in a car but had $78,000 cash

A TOOWOOMBA man who was living in his car was found to have $78,000 in cash in his backpack, the city's District Court has been told.

Police on patrol had spotted Timothy Donald Robertson acting suspiciously near the car in McGregor St, Wilsonton, on the afternoon of November 5, last year, and pulled over to see what he was up to.

Finding the 28-year-old seemingly under the influence of a drug, the officers searched his car and found he had $740 in his wallet, $78,060 in a backpack, 291g of marijuana, a pipe for smoking the drug as well as three mobile phones, cryovac packs with traces of "green leafy material" and small plastic clip seal bags which the Crown claimed were all drug related items.

Crown prosecutor David Jones told the court the fact Robertson said he was living in his car at the time pointed to the fact that the cash and marijuana didn't belong to him.


Robertson had refused to give police a record of interview, so who the money belonged to - and who the defendant now owed a sizeable debt - remained a mystery, he said.

Mr Jones submitted Robertson be treated as a courier of sorts and that the drug and money seized by police pointed to a commercial operation.


Robertson pleaded guilty to possessing a dangerous drug and drug related "things" including money that was suspected as proceeds of drugs.

His barrister Robbie Davies said his client had been a heavy user of marijuana since he was 16 but claimed he no longer used the drug.


His client was living in the car at the time while moving house and at least some of the marijuana had been for his own use, Mr Davies submitted.

Judge Deborah Richards said Robertson could be in more trouble because someone is owed $78,000.

"$78,000 is a sizeable amount of money and converts to a large amount of cannabis," she said.

Noting he had previous convictions for drug offences and that he spent 15 days in custody after his arrest, Judge Richards sentenced Robertson to 15 months in jail but ordered he be released on parole as of January 17 next year.

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