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Australia Surfer celebrated being told he was cancer-free with a bag of cocaine - only to be caught by the drug dogs

22:16  15 november  2019
22:16  15 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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a man sitting in a river: David Gall, 54, (pictured), who bought a bag of cocaine while nervously waiting for cancer surgery, was busted after being followed by a drug dog into a bar's toilets© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited David Gall, 54, (pictured), who bought a bag of cocaine while nervously waiting for cancer surgery, was busted after being followed by a drug dog into a bar's toilets A surfer who bought a bag of cocaine while nervously waiting for cancer surgery was busted after being followed by a drug dog into a bar's toilets.

David Gall, 54, found out he didn't have prostate cancer just weeks after buying 0.7g of the drug - but a court heard he then chose an unwise way to celebrate.

The keen member of the Sutherland Shire surfing community, south of Sydney, was caught after trying to evade the sniffer dog at Northies, Cronulla on October 18.

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Police then found the bag stashed behind a toilet, which led to Gall being found guilty of possession of a prohibited drug at Sutherland Local Court.

While sentencing the 54-year-old to a 20-month conditional release order with no conviction recorded, magistrate Jayeann Carney questioned the logic behind Gall's purchase.

'How does that relate to having a healthy body and mind - procuring illegal drugs?' Ms Carney said according to the St George Shire Standard.

The magistrate also hit out at the common misconception it was acceptable to carry a small amount of illicit drugs for personal use.

'Often when particularly young people speak to police they say it's only for personal use, it's just a party drug - that's not permitted in the Drug Misuse Act,' she said.

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'He created a market for the supply of prohibited drugs - does he think it's just a party drug?'

a person standing next to a body of water: The keen member (pictured) of the Sutherland Shire surfing community, south of Sydney, was caught after trying to evade the sniffer dog at Northies, Cronulla on October 18© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The keen member (pictured) of the Sutherland Shire surfing community, south of Sydney, was caught after trying to evade the sniffer dog at Northies, Cronulla on October 18

Gall's solicitor Andrew Balalas told the court his client's decision was a silly one and he had wanted to let his hair down.

The lawyer added the 54-year-old had written a letter apologising for his actions and expressing his embarrassment and remorse.

But the magistrate chastised the surfer for putting his career in jeopardy, while the drug dealers were making money and living in big houses.

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