Emojis are becoming increasingly popular among Australian phone users. Photo: SuppliedEmojis were used in code by an alleged drug dealer to organise MDMA and ecstasy deals, police claim.
The emoji text messaging symbols originated in Japan, but are becoming increasingly popular among phone users in Australia. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is a fan, famously conducting an entire interview in the language in February.
On Saturday, Sergeant Shane Turner told the Brisbane Magistrates Court that Regan Peter Howett used “lightning bolts and hearts” to represent drugs in text messages with customers.
Sergeant Turner said police downloaded Mr Howett’s text messages when he was charged with supplying drugs after being arrested in Fortitude Valley this year.
Mr Howett, 19, was arrested again on Friday at his home in Springfield Lakes. Officers allegedly found a knife, 11 MDMA pills, a bag of white powder and four mobile phones in his bedroom.
He was charged with 26 counts of supplying a dangerous drug and trafficking.
“It will be alleged he used these phones to conduct the business of trafficking drugs. He declined to take part in a record of interview,” Sergeant Turner said.
Mr Howett’s lawyer Brendan Ryan said a police theory that the white powder was cocaine was wrong.
“It’s not cocaine – it’s flour. It was a joke made on a friend,” Mr Ryan said. “It’s not cocaine and analysis will prove that in due course.”
Mr Ryan was able to secure bail for his client again, ahead of his next court date on August 3.
Magistrate Michael Quinn allowed Mr Howett’s temporary release because he had secured a full-time job and agreed to comply with reporting conditions and surrender his passport.
On social media, Mr Howett described his overnight stay in the Brisbane watch house as “easily the worst night of my life”.
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