Parolee arrested with drugs day after release

A MAN who lasted only one day out of prison before being arrested with drugs won't serve any extra time behind bars.

Paul Arthur Roper, 42, was released on parole from prison on Tuesday but was arrested on Wednesday in possession of amphetamines.

He yesterday pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to possessing a dangerous drug.

Roper, who has been in and out of jail twice since January, was previously imprisoned on drug charges.

Roper was arrested in the Ipswich City Mall on Wednesday and was in custody until his court hearing yesterday.

While being interviewed by police he appeared nervous and kept fidgeting with the front of his pants.

Police eventually ordered a strip search where they found a bag containing 0.7 grams of a white crystalline substance in the front of his underwear.

The court later identified the substance as amphetamine.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said Roper had a poor history with adhering to parole dates.

"You didn't last long on your parole order Mr Roper," she said.

She said his latest one day stint out of prison was the latest in a series of parole breaches.

"You've not shown a great capacity to deal with the existing parole order."

Roper was sentenced to one month in prison, to be served concurrently with his existing sentence. He was granted an immediate parole eligibility date.

Ms Sturgess told Roper, she was giving him immediate parole rather than a suspended sentence in order to not "delay the inevitable".