Meth dealer turned to drugs after family tragedy
A TOOWOOMBA man with no previous convictions for illicit drugs has been jailed for four years after admitting trafficking in methylamphetamine.
Trevor John Jones, 33, was found with a bag of white crystalline substance which turned out to be methylamphetamine during a police search of his car on June 5, Toowoomba Supreme Court heard.
Of the 28g of substance found, 21g, or 76.5%, was found to be pure drug, Crown prosecutor Judy Geary told the court.
Ms Geary said Jones had admitted to police he had been dealing in the drug to the tune of about $4000 a month over the previous five months.
Jones had initially sold the drugs to friends in the first three months but had "expanded the network" to include others in the latter months, she said.
Jones pleaded guilty to trafficking in dangerous drugs between December 31 last year and June 6 this year.
He also pleaded guilty to three counts of supplying a dangerous drug to others at Brisbane and elsewhere in April; to possessing methylamphetamine in an amount exceeding the schedule; and to possessing drug items such as a mobile phone and digital scales.
His barrister Jason Todman told the court his client had no history of drug offending and since his arrest he had detoxed himself and was clear of drugs, confirmed by a clear drug test while in pre-sentence custody.
It appeared trauma arising from the death of a family member and other stresses had turned his client to drugs, but he had come to regret his involvement in the substances, he said.
Apart from the 37 days spent in pre-sentence custody, his client had never been to jail before, but realised he was facing further time behind bars, Mr Todman submitted.
Justice David Jackson said he accepted Jones was remorseful but said there had been a commercial aspect to his drug dealings.
He sentenced Jones to four years jail, but ordered the term be suspended after having served 15 months on condition he not re-offend for four years.
Thirty-seven days pre-sentence custody was declared time served.