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Five men sentenced today for roles in major drug operation

Benjamin Carey's co-accused Jason Robert Ryan being escorted by police from the Rockhampton Police Station to the watchhouse after drug raids in 2011.
Benjamin Carey's co-accused Jason Robert Ryan being escorted by police from the Rockhampton Police Station to the watchhouse after drug raids in 2011. Allan Reinikka

DRUGS have ruined Benjamin Francis Carey's life, his defence lawyer told the Supreme Court at Rockhampton yesterday.

Jeff Clarke told the court of Carey's remorse at the damage his addiction to drugs had caused to his family.

Carey, Jason Robert Ryan, Jayde Darron Smith, Corie Weldon and Juan Kevin Bright will be sentenced for their involvement in a million-dollar drug operation in Rockhampton Supreme Court today.

Mr Clarke said his client told him drugs had ruined his life and that at one stage he was using on a daily basis.

He said his client was using a significant amount of drugs at the time of his arrest and was in debt because of his habit.

Currently serving a 17-month sentence for a prior drug offence, Mr Clarke said his client had been studying while in prison. The court heard all five were using drugs at the time of their arrest.

Smith's lawyer said his client had been upfront and frank with police as to his involvement in the operation and had shown an effort to reform and steer himself away from the negative influences in his life.

Bright and Weldon's lawyers both said their client's sentence should be less than the others as they claimed they were only a party to the operation.

The court heard Weldon wanted to start putting his son's intentions ahead of his own.

Topics:  drugs rockhampton supreme court trafficking



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