A KANGAROO Flat woman who was found with drugs and weapons has been released from jail on a good behaviour bond.
Madison Epworth, 21, pleaded guilty in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Monday to a number of charges including possessing cannabis.
The court heard on October 15 this year, police searched a property in Bendigo where Epworth was staying.
Police spoke to Epworth and searched her bag, which contained drugs and a knife.
She was arrested and brought to the Bendigo Police Station for questioning.
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When police searched Epworth's bedroom at the property, they found packets of drugs, a number of small ziplock bags filled with a green vegetable substance, knuckle dusters, a can of pepper spray, and a mobile phone taser.
Defence counsel Robert Morgan told the court Epworth had been on bail for a Court Integrated Services Program at the time of her arrest.
He said Corrections Victoria reported Epworth was doing well on the program and she had been forthcoming with her drug use.
Mr Morgan said Epworth had been cooperative with police during the search and she had told officers about the knife before they found it.
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Mr Morgan said Epworth had only moved into the property the night before the search warrant, and that she had been using cannabis as a pain relief.
The defence counsel said Epworth had never used the weapons, but she had them for self-defence.
Mr Morgan said Epworth had spent four days in isolation in custody, which had been an "horrific experience for her".
The defence counsel asked for the Magistrate to impose a fine rather than a prison sentence.
Magistrate Rodney Higgins convicted Epworth and imposed a good behaviour bond, which would finish in July next year. She was released from custody.
"If you play up, you will face the consequences," he said. "No more weapons. You're young and you have your whole life in front of you. But that will only be in front of you if you give up the drugs."
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