3 March 2023

Charge dropped against father accused of cooking 'party drug' in his apartment

| Albert McKnight

The charge of manufacturing a controlled drug laid against Yoestito Musa Hasan has been dropped. Photo: Facebook.

A father accused of cooking up a ‘party drug’ in his one-bedroom, central Canberra apartment has had his charge dismissed.

Yoestito Musa Hasan had fought a charge of manufacturing a controlled drug, which had been laid after he was arrested in early February 2022.

But this charge was dropped when the case against the 42-year-old was heard in the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday (2 March), where Toni Tu’ulakitau from Tu’ulakitau McGuire represented him.

“The charge was dismissed as the prosecution had no evidence to offer,” Mr Tu’ulakitau said.

“The hearing date was also vacated by the court.”

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The original court documents for the case say police raided Mr Hasan’s one-bedroom, 14th-floor apartment in City Walk last February.

Police alleged they found a clear liquid in a saucepan on the stove and in a glass jar which they suspected to be gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), a substance used as a ‘party drug’.

In the court documents, police said that during the search, Mr Hasan told them he was “making a mixture of a chemical he couldn’t remember that he bought online that would make him last longer in bed”.

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“The defendant further stated that he also makes homemade soap,” they said.

Mr Hasan was refused bail when he first appeared in court to face his charge and spent some time in custody on remand.

The substance police allegedly found was yet to be tested when he first appeared in court.

The court has previously heard that the father-of-three worked as a part-time mechanic and had a limited criminal history.

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