Five years jail for man with drug lab

THERE were many hugs from family members as an Ipswich man was led away to the cells after being sentenced to five years jail for trafficking drugs.

After the sentence was handed down in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday to Shaun Daniel Joseph Oakley, his teary family members took turns to embrace him as security led him away.

Oakley, 25, pleaded guilty to trafficking and supplying dangerous drugs - meth and cannabis - between April and September 2013 at North Booval, near Ipswich.

When handing down his sentence, Judge James Douglas told Oakley, a cleaner, he should be "severely ashamed of yourself" for dealing a drug that was potentially life-threatening.

Justice Douglas said meth was dangerous because it was commonly associated with violence.

Justice Douglas said Oakley had a drug making laboratory at his house which "indicates that you were actively involved in the production of the drugs".

The court heard Oakley exchanged text messages with three to four potential customers and offered the drugs to people four times a week on average.

He also sold meth to at least 13 people.

The court heard Oakley trafficked meth and cannabis to satisfy his own habit and his friend's drug habits.

But Justice Douglas said there was evidence against that.

He also told the court he did not co-operate with police and refused to be interviewed when caught, but Oakley's mobile phone gave police all the evidence they needed.

Justice Douglas said Oakley had been using drugs since he was 14 years old. He also has two young children and has regular employment.

Oakley was sentenced to five years jail and will be eligible for parole in January 2017. - APN NEWSDESK



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