Coke and meth an even trade for three ounces of cannabis?

WANT to know how much cocaine or meth you can get in exchange for three ounces of cannabis?

Ask Cohen Aaron Gillis. He spent 13 months trading it in exchange for the harder drugs, which he developed an addiction to when he was just 22 years old.

His foray into the commercial side of things started with the planting of 16 cannabis plants in June 2013 and ended with a jail sentence in Rockhampton's Supreme Court yesterday.

He pleaded guilty to one count of drug trafficking and one count of producing a dangerous drug.

The court heard that between June 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014 Gillis grew cannabis and traded the drug for quantities of meth and cocaine.

He would also sell some of it to a group of friends to "cut costs", keeping a sheet tracking who owed him.

Gillis was picked up as part of a police investigation into drug trafficking in the Gladstone region, which centred on another man.

He was first interviewed by police in October 2014 and made full admissions after learning that the man had been charged.

Defence barrister Tom Polley said Gillis began using cannabis when he was 15 and it became a problem for him when he was 17.

When he was 22 he graduated to meth and cocaine and within two weeks he was using it on a daily basis.

"It's evident you became a heavy user of these drugs," Justice Duncan McMeekin said.

"Because of your crimes, because of how serious they are, it is unavoidable that you will be sent to prison.

"Drug trafficking is an evil trade.

"It destroys lives … you have destroyed your own life to a significant extent."

Gillis was sentenced to five years jail but will be eligible for parole on June 2, 2017.



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