Drug trafficker argues for sentence reduction

A DRUG kingpin believes he should have two years knocked off his jail term after successfully arguing his Rockhampton enterprise was not worth the $1.665 million suggested during his sentencing.

Jason Robert Ryan was last year jailed for 12 years for trafficking drugs, mostly amphetamines, after building a crew he wanted to operate like gangsters.

He organised a property in Western St, Rockhampton, to sell drugs after his crew's cars and houses began overflowing with drugs from their booming operation.

Barrister Bruce Mumford, acting for Ryan, told the Queensland Court of Appeal on Tuesday that the drug turnover could not have been anywhere near the $1.665 million street value the prosecutor suggested at sentence.

He said the sentencing justice had subsequently erred in accepting the prosecutor's submission, arguing Ryan should have been sentenced to 10 years jail.

Crown prosecutor Phil McCarthy agreed an error had been made but suggested any sentence reduction should not be less than 11 years.

He pointed to the sophistication of the enterprise, the violence threatened to recall drug debts and guns found.

Mr McCarthy said Ryan and his four co-accused, who received sentences of between five and 10 years, were found with between 305 and 332g of amphetamines after police had been monitoring them for two months.

While there was evidence Ryan had paid $75,000 to buy amphetamines, there was only one transaction where he sold them for $10,000 an ounce.

Mr Mumford said, in fact, the rest of the transactions were for sales between $4500 and $7000 an ounce.

The Court of Appeal has reserved its judgment.


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