Drug supplier tries, and fails to have sentence reduced

A MAN who supplied a drug ring operating in Emerald $116,000 worth of marijuana says he was nothing more than a courier.

Sean Jeffrey Beakey, 37, is appealing his four-year prison sentence, which he says is manifestly excessive, while is serving time in a minimum security jail.

The Queensland Court of Appeal heard police intercepted phone conversations between Beakey and a man running a drug operation with links to Emerald.

The intercepts revealed Beakey was working to supply the man with marijuana which he would distribute.

Crown prosecutor Ben Power said Beakey was a "middleman" who got the drugs from his on supplier for the dealer, and ensured they were of a high quality, once describing them as "dynamite".

However, defence barrister Simon Lewis said Gold Coast man Beakey was little more than a courier, who had been tasked with moving the drugs from one location to another.

"Beakey's involvement is that (the dealer) would contact Beakey and say 'Go and get nine pounds of cannabis from X'," he said.

Mr Power said Beakey acted as an intermediary between the supplier and the dealer.

He said the dealer would tell Beakey to get the drugs, who would go to his own source and get the cannabis.

"The applicant was a person who exercised powers, who did things, who behaved and spoke in ways that was inconsistent with him being a mere courier," he said.

Mr Lewis told the court Beakey had instructed him to withdraw the appeal if the matter was to be sent back to district court.

He said Beakey had served five months of his 12 month non-parole period and had been moved to minimum security.

The court reserved its decision.

- APN NEWSDESK



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