3.5 year jail sentence for drug trafficker
A MAN arrested in Gladstone after 10 months on the run has been jailed for his role in a Sunshine Coast drug trafficking operation.
William David Barker, 28, pleaded guilty in August to 18 offences including trafficking and supplying dangerous drugs, namely cannabis and methamphetamines.
Crown prosecutor Sarah Klemm told the Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday that Barker was detected after an extensive police operation targeting drugs on the Sunshine Coast.
She said Barker's offending occurred between May and August last year.
"He was engaged in street level dealing for a period of three months," she said.
"He made no admissions to police when he was arrested.
"Although it was only dealing at a street level, it is still supplying nonetheless."
Ms Klemm told the court Barker's two co-accused, who were the subject of the police operation, had already been jailed over their involvement in the drug operation.
Defence barrister Peter Nolan told the court that Barker was an addict himself and he had not made any money from supplying drugs.
He said while he was on the run he sought help for his drug problems.
"He completed a course in Victoria then voluntarily retuned to Queensland and was subsequently arrested in Gladstone for unrelated driving offences," he said.
"He is currently four months into a 12 month sentence for those offences.
"There is nothing in the Crown's material which suggests he made any type of profit from his offending."
Justice John Byrne sentenced Barker to three-and-a-half-years behind bars and ordered he serve 14 months of the sentence cumulative to the one is currently serving for the unrelated traffic offences.
Barker will be eligible to apply for parole on January 17, 2016.
- APN NEWSDESK.