IT'S a story Justice Duncan McMeekin hears all too often.
Injury leads to drug addiction, addiction leads to jail and somewhere along the way a child loses their father or mother.
Faced with yet another of these sad cases, Mr McMeekin yesterday condemned the actions of those involved in the drug trade as he sentenced Rohan Edward Burns to two and a half years jail.
"As you may appreciate, you've caused a great deal of hurt to those who care about you the most," he said.
Burns, 36, pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court at Rockhampton to possessing methamphetamine, cannabis and a set of scales.
Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips said police executed a search warrant at the defendant's Glenmore Rd house on August 17, 2012.
Mr Phillips said they discovered a number of empty clip seal bags, as well as three labelled "Evil inside" which contained meth.
A total of 37g of the dangerous drug was found. Police also located $15,900 in cash and five grams of cannabis. Burns was on a suspended sentence at the time.
Defence barrister Tom Polley said his client completed Year 12 at a local private high school and was an electrician by trade.
He said he had a number of jobs before an accident left him unable to work.
The court heard Burns received a $100,000 pay out from his employer, but spent most of this on his developing drug habit.
Mr Polley said the defendant's partner, who was also drug dependant, took off with their 13-month-old son. Burns does not know where they are.
Mr McMeekin said it was clear Burns' possession of the drug was for commercial purposes. He will be released on parole on April 5 next year.