A man found in possession of methamphetamine and two unregistered firearms hidden in his car has avoided jail time.
Justin Lee Clark, 41, appeared before Justice Shan Tennent in the Launceston Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Clark pleaded guilty to charges of firearms trafficking, drug trafficking and possession of unregistered and prohibited firearms.
He had one prior conviction of fail to comply with firearm storage requirements relating to an incident in 2014.
Clark also had five summary charges not detailed.
The court heard Clark was stopped by Tasmania Police on the Midland Highway in 2016 where they found a quantity of methamphetamine, more commonly known as ice, hidden in his car.
Clark was driving the car and had a passenger at the time.
Tasmania Police also found two unregistered firearms, a .22 semi-automatic rifle and a .22 revolver, strapped underneath the car.
The court previously heard the drugs had a street value of $47,800 if sold in half weights.
Clark had told the court previously the drugs and firearms did not belong to him but his passenger, who Clark was helping out of loyalty to his passenger’s deceased relative.
“There needs to be a deterrent set but it [the sentence] has to be relevant to the role you played,” Justice Tennent said.
Clark was sentenced to eight months jail time wholly suspended on the condition he commit no offence that could lead to jail time for two years.
He was also directed to pay an $800 fine, as well as a $200 victims compensation levy and surrender all items seized by Tasmania Police.