Man pleads guilty to supplying and possessing drugs
A YOUNG man has been given a lucky break by a District Court judge after he pleaded guilty to supplying methylamphetamines and cannabis.
Michael Anthony Leeson told police he had been approached by a man at a Mackay club who offered to sell him six points of methylamphetamines for $600.
Then 20 years old, Leeson bought the drugs and shared some with a friend. There was no suggestion of commerciality in connection with this offending.
He also told officers, who had been executing a search warrant at his residence on May 2 last year, he had purchased cannabis and shared it with his girlfriend.
Leeson pleaded guilty in the District Court in Mackay to two counts of supplying a dangerous drug and possessing methylamphetamines.
The court was told Leeson, who has no criminal history, deserved "special leniency" for his cooperation with police.
Judge Richard Jones acknowledged police would not have been able to lay supply charges but for Leeson's admissions.
Emily Coley, for the crown, said against Leeson was the "clear seriousness" of the offending and the need for general and personal deterrence.
Barrister Philip Moore, for Legal Aid Queensland, said Leeson had moved in with a friend and began to use drugs socially.
Since the offending he has relocated from Mackay and has had a number of drug tests with a negative result showing he no longer did drugs, the court was told.
He also had a full time job, the court was told.
Judge Jones, in sentencing Leeson, said the maximum penalty for supplying dangerous drugs was 20 years, which "reflects the public denouncement of this type of offending".
Judge Jones acknowledged Leeson's "frank and forthright" admissions to police.
"But for this offence, (you) had been a useful member of the community," Judge Jones said.
"(You're) still a young man with some genuine prospects ahead of you provided you don't keep offending."
Leeson was placed on a two-year probation order and no conviction was recorded.
"You ought to consider yourself to be leniently treated," Judge Jones said.
If Leeson went back to court, Judge Jones warned he shouldn't expect the same leniency.