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Emerald drug dealer hide customers names in diary in ceiling

LUKE Andrew Single had a "thriving business" dealing drugs.

The Supreme Court at Rockhampton heard yesterday that Single told police after his arrest that he was finding it hard to keep track of his business.

"You were moving up the chain from street dealer to wholesaler," Justice Duncan McMeekin said.

Single's business in drugs started when he began self-medicating himself for a mental illness he suffered from, which was undiagnosed at the time.

The former mine worker's house in Emerald was raided on December 10, 2012 uncovering drugs. He was found with drugs on him, as well as a diary, with names and dollar amounts, hidden in his ceiling.

The court heard that he had a "runner" to help with his business, had almost 30 customers and was trafficking drugs for nearly two months.

Justice McMeekin said his diary showed that people owed Single anywhere from $300 to $3000 for methamphetamine.

The court heard that the motivation behind his drug use was to treat his undiagnosed illness.

Single has since gained employment and has a four-month-old son with his partner.

Justice McMeekin said the simple fact was that trafficking drugs was an evil thing to do.

"You made choices; you must now live with them," he said.

Single was sentenced to three years and three months imprisonment.

He will be eligible for parole on March 16, 2015.

Topics:  drug dealer mental illness rockhampton supreme court



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