An Australian man, caught with a trafficable amount of ecstasy, told the court that he bought it to use it as birth control pills for his shar peis dog.
Steven James Dwyer, 48, was caught with 70 ecstasy pills in his car, but stated that he thought the pills would stop his pet shar peis from breeding.
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Magistrate Vince Luppino said that he did not find the excuse for having a trafficable amount of ecstasy "reasonable".
However Dwyer told the court that he bought ecstasy tablets, after a man he met outside a Katherine Laundromat, told him that breeding amongst shar peis can be controlled with the help of the tablets in question, and the man used the tablet for the same reason.
"We chatted about them - where he got them ... we kept talking about dogs and how he bred her," the Daily Telegraph quoted Dwyer as saying.
"And then we talked about his female coming on heat. I knew she was due to come on heat, I thought, 'That'll be very handy for her'," claiming no money had changed hands," Dwyer added.
Dwyer, a painter who has just separated from his wife, revealed that he was also using to stay awake, as he had a lot of workload.
Dwyer was caught with 23.5g of ecstasy under the front passenger seat of his car and the 5g of methamphetamine in his trouser pocket, after he was pulled over by police on the Stuart Highway near Adelaide River.