"Steak" new marijuana in Rocky man's drug enterprise
FORGET the shrimp.
When Steven Robert Dobbs puts on a barbecue it's marijuana on the menu.
The 56-year-old Rockhampton man used code words like steak and rump in his $100,000-plus drug enterprise, a court has heard.
He pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court yesterday to one count of trafficking a dangerous drug between March and October last year.
Crown prosecutor Susan Hedge said Dobbs was targeted during a police operation.
Ms Hedge said police listened in on Dobbs' phone calls and set up surveillance outside his house.
She said a number of his customers were intercepted leaving the house with marijuana.
The court heard Dobbs had three suppliers, a driver who would deliver the drug on occasions and at least 44 customers.
Ms Hedge said the defendant used code words when discussing his business.
A "rump" equalled one ounce of cannabis, a "carcass" was one pound of the drug, Dobbs was the "butcher" and when he "put on a barbecue" it meant he had product to sell.
Defence barrister Tom Polley said his client was a butcher by trade prior to his offending.
Dobbs, who has spent the last 14 months in custody, thanked the police for sending him to jail.
"I didn't realise until I was in there what I was missing out on," he said.
He was sentenced to four years and 10 months imprisonment, to be suspended after serving a further eight months.
- Rump = one ounce of marijuana
- Carcass = one pound
- Butcher = drug dealer
- Barbecue = product available