A MAN with his sights set on becoming a kitesurfing instructor has narrowly escaped prison after being exposed as a local drug dealer.
When Aden Steven Back, 24, was stopped by police for a random breath test, a search uncovered a Berocca tube down his pants with 16 capsules containing 0.1g of MDMA each.
Officers also found $1005 in Back's wallet which he initially told police was from Centrelink, before admitting it was from selling 10 capsules at the Rolling Rock nightclub in Noosa Heads the night before.
Messages were found on Back's phone regarding money his friends owed him for drugs and one organising to sell drugs.
He also admitted to officers he had previously bought "a couple of grams" of MDMA to split up.
Less than two weeks after being released on bail for the charges, Back was found with 0.6g of methylamphetamine and ordered to a $750, four-month good behaviour bond and drug diversion.
Back pleaded guilty in Maroochydore District Court yesterdayto six counts of supplying dangerous drugs and single counts of possessing dangerous drugs, possessing a thing used in connection with supplying a dangerous drug and possessing property obtained from the supply of dangerous drugs.
The charges carry a maximum prison sentence of between 15 and 20 years.
He was supported in court by his parents and brother whom he immigrated from South Africa with in 2000.
Judge John Robertson contended while the supply of drugs was "regarded seriously" by the law, Back had made genuine efforts at rehabilitation despite struggling with anxiety and depression.
Back was sentenced to concurrent periods of imprisonment ranging from six to 18 months, but was immediately released on parole.
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