**GENERIC IMAGE** Messages were found on the phone of a drug investigation's primary target from Stout about selling methamphetamines.
**GENERIC IMAGE** Messages were found on the phone of a drug investigation's primary target from Stout about selling methamphetamines. diego_cervo

How a text message betrayed this meth dealer

THE father of a newborn baby has been given one last chance to clean up his act after he was nabbed selling meth.

In June 2016, Anthony William Stout, 34, found himself caught up in a months long drug operation when messages were found on the phone of the investigation's primary target from Stout about selling methamphetamines.

He offered to sell a quarter of an ounce of methamphetamine to the woman for $1600 on credit, using a motorbike as collateral.

When police searched his home in October, they found the bike given as surety - which was stolen earlier that month - another three motorbikes and a ride-on mower all suspected to be stolen.

All the vehicles had their VIN or engine numbers either fully or partially ground off.

Dressed in a crisp black shirt with a gelled mohawk, Stout pleaded guilty in Maroochydore District Court yesterday to single counts of supply dangerous drugs, receiving tainted property and possessing property suspected to be stolen.

Judge Anthony Rafter said to Stout's credit he had undergone treatment for drug addiction and ended his previous relationship which was described by his lawyer as "corrupted with drugs".

Stout is now the father to a two-week-old child with his new de facto partner who was present in court.

Judge Rafter warned Stout was on his last chance as he'd already received suspended sentences for drug charges.

Stout was given a 12-month head sentence with immediate parole and will be required to undergo drug testing.


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