CQ meth trafficker & supplier sentenced to five years jail
A GLADSTONE man who ran a methamphetamine trade described as a "commercial success" and with a street value of almost $70,000 was sentenced to five years imprisonment in The Supreme Court of Rockhampton this morning.
Dylan James Hernando pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking methamphetamine and four counts of supplying methamphetamine after police interrupted a three month long trade in early 2015.
Crown prosecutor Alexandra Baker told the court police intercepted Hernando leaving a Sun Valley address in March 2015 when he was carrying a container labelled "pingers" and with "tools of the trade" including $1300 cash, two mobile phones and a further five bundles of $1000 cash each on his person.
Ms Baker said the 23-year-old ran a comprehensive tick list on one of the mobile phones which showed he dealt to 23 customers over 102 supplies.
She said the quantities of drugs ranged from 0.2g for $200 to an ounce for $6,000 but he usually dealt in eight balls, or 3.5g amounts with a total trade amount of 129g.
"The business can be referred to as a commercial success, he was able to pay down significant debt," Ms Baker said.
"He showed a level of customer care when customers complained they were short 0.2g, he was undoubtedly busy."
The court heard Hernando was also involved with MDMA, cocaine and cannabis.
"He is sitting on the scale of traffickers above street level," Ms Baker said.
"He referred customers on when he himself ran out of stock."
Defence lawyer Jordan Ahlstrand said his client's drug habit began when he lost his job on Curtis Island two years ago.
"Very regrettably after losing his employment on Curtis Island (he began using) methamphetamine and it spiralled out of control, he incurred significant debts," he said.
Justice Duncan McMeekin said the defendant was "conducting a significant trafficking enterprise".
"Unfortunately it is not uncommon for young people to get sucked in, perhaps they are attracted by the easy money and easy drugs," he said.
"It is a tragedy you have ended up where you are."
Justice McMeekin said trafficking in schedule one drugs was "an evil trade".
"It is important people appreciate crime doesn't pay," he said.
"The sad reality is I hear the story of young people being seduced by drugs every day of the week."
Hernando was sentenced to five years imprisonment, suspended after serving two and a half years for an operational period of five years.