Drug trafficker pocketed more than $100,000 in five months
A DRUG trafficker that supplied 283.5 grams of methamphetamines to one Mackay dealer a week has been sentenced to 10 years and 10 months prison.
Jamie Mark Koeford, who was 31 years old when he carried out the five-month long trafficking business between Brisbane and Mackay in 2017-2018, was sentenced in Rockhampton Supreme Court on April 30.
Crown prosecutor Samantha O'Rourke said Koeford was a wholesale dealer, suppling "ounces of methamphetamines" to other dealers in Brisbane and Mackay.
Justice Graeme Crow said Koeford trafficked drugs to pay for his own heroin addiction, living in motel rooms, and buying a car and motorcycle.
"You had no end goal in mind," he said.
"You visited misery on many, many people."
Ms O'Rourke said his offending was detected through phone intercepts of dealer Paul Joseph Geddes during operation Papa Jersey which targeted drugs in Mackay.
Ms O'Rourke said Koeford admitted to using drugs while in prison.
Defence barrister Greg McGuire said Koeford was heroin dependant, left home when he was 13 and was assaulted when he was 15.
The court heard Geddes and three associates flew to Brisbane on September 2, 2017, and purchased 283.5g of meth from Koeford, paying $30,000-$40,000 cash and the rest on 'tick'.
Geddes then organised for $65,000-$70,000 of marijuana to be supplied to another person.
Geddes flew to Brisbane again on September 12 and September 16-17; purchasing 283.5g of meth on the first occasion and then 198.4g of meth.
Later in September, Koeford flew to Mackay with a business partner and supplied more meth to Geddes and it was at this point the relationship between Koeford and Geddes soured.
Koeford sent an SMS demanding Geddes pay $13,500.
Geddes was taken into custody on November 8, 2017, with Koeford contacting Geddes' girlfriend on November 14, telling her she was responsible for half of Geddes' debt of $10,000.
Koeford supplied another person $84,000 of marijuana in December and attempted to source 68 kilograms from various sources.
Koeford planned to travel to the Northern Territory with another business partner to supply meth but they were both intercepted at Brisbane Airport on January 23, 2018, before they boarded flights.
Police found $850 cash, an iPhone and BlackBerry on Koeford and 210.386g of pure meth on his business partner in his underwear.
Koeford was remanded in custody and spent 773 days in presentence custody.
Despite declaring no income for the 2017-2018 financial year, $11,285 was deposited into Koeford's bank account via cash deposits in Mackay and Brisbane.
He was also one of four offenders involved in a car insurance fraud where $29, 166.92 was paid out for a 'missing' Ford Territory which ended up being located at one of Koeford's associates' home on January 9, 2018.
Koeford's eight page criminal record of 59 offences included dishonesty, arson, violence, unlawful possession of motor vehicles, burglary, breaches of bail, dangerous operation of motor vehicles and stealing.
He started using heroin to numb pain and had a break from drugs between 2012 and 2016.
However, in 2016, his partner died by suicide which drove him back to drugs.