Baby and mother saved cocaine pair from going to prison
A MOTHER'S "poignant" letter to a judge helped save her son from going to jail.
Former couple Cheyne Dylan Kupfer and Tiffany Jane Johnson were busted in a bizarre January 2017 Alexandra Headland incident.
On Wednesday, Brisbane Supreme Court heard cops arrested Kupfer, then 19, after getting a complaint and finding his bulky wallet full of cash.
Kupfer let Johnson, then 18, know he wouldn't be able to meet her for lunch.
Justice Debra Mullins said Johnson "in a moment of panic" fled an apartment, taking suitcases with her.
Johnson knew Kupfer's luggage had drugs, but she didn't know how much.
Meanwhile, Kupfer faked a panic attack and tried discarding a bag, the court heard.
Cops found goods including a 59g substance with 22.68g of pure cocaine and another substance with 237.35g of ecstasy.
Kupfer's barrister Malcolm Harrison said the young man was back then "taking whatever [drugs] he could get his hands on".
"He's not charged with trafficking but obviously the possession is for a commercial purpose."
But Mr Harrison said Kupfer had changed radically, landing work at a Central Queensland mine which routinely tested for booze and drugs.
Justice Mullins said a "poignant" letter from Kupfer's mother explained the "extreme" dysfunction of his upbringing.
After the arrest, Kupfer was an inpatient for five weeks at an NSW hospital.
Judges could regard some in-patient treatments as "equivalent" to custody, the court heard.
And Johnson now had a baby just a few months old.
Prosecutors wanted five to seven years jail for Johnson, which Justice Mullins said was "completely ridiculous".
Johnson's barrister John Jacob said even the Crown accepted Johnson's "possession" of any drugs was momentary.
He said Johnson was a "very young offender" who had since stayed out of trouble.
Mr Jacob said Johnson moved back from WA to Queensland with Kupfer's help.
The barrister said Johnson was "young, isolated and vulnerable".
There were tears of relief from the public gallery when Kupfer got a suspended five-year jail sentence and Johnson two years' probation.
Justice Mullins told Kupfer to continue his rehab efforts, adding: "I hope I never see you again". -NewsRegional