Computer technician jailed for trafficking

A 41-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for trafficking marijuana and other drugs while on parole.

Jubilee Pocket man Steven Andrew Richards pleaded guilty to trafficking drugs from October 30, 2014 to May 29 last year and possessing a mobile phone used for trafficking in the Supreme Court in Mackay.

Crown prosecutor Michael Cowen said in 2014, Richards was charged with producing drugs with another man when police raided a home and found five bags of marijuana, a hydroponic setup and 65 plants.

He was sentenced to 18 months and granted immediate parole.

Mr Cowen said five months into parole, Richards began trafficking mainly marijuana but also MDMA and another ecstasy-like drug. He was detected when police intercepted the calls of an Airlie Beach drug dealer.

Mr Cowen said Richards had purchased at least 164 ounces of marijuana.

He was "conscious of avoiding police detection" and would usually ask for his "usual order" or "another one", referring to eight ounces of marijuana.

Defence barrister Angus Edwards said Richards had a good work history as a computer technician, a good skillset and family support. He said Richards had only sold the ecstasy-like drug and MDMA one time each.

Justice Duncan McMeekin said Richards had obtained $23,250 of marijuana over the seven month period and had at least 16 customers.

Richards was sentenced to three years in prison, suspended after 12 months.


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