Drug dealer jailed
“Hey, what’s doing? Got bulk greeno if you’re keeno.”
This was the text message Nicholas Blaine Carey sent to about 30 of his contacts to let them know if they were after cannabis he had plenty for sale.
This text message and several others organising drug-dealing transactions formed part of the evidence put forward by Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips in the Supreme Court in Rockhampton last week.
Carey, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking dangerous drugs and one count of possessing a dangerous drug.
A large part of the evidence included a ledger, in which Carey had kept a detailed record of his profits and losses in his trafficking venture, including a page detailing how much he had sold, a page for travel costs and a page detailing money that had been paid and money that was owing.
Mr Phillips told the court Carey had been pulled over a by a police officer on a Rockhampton road on July 19, 2009, when he was just 17 years old.
He was found with $1570 in cash and a mobile phone which contained text messages arranging deals.
Carey later admitted he had been selling ecstasy and cannabis since May that year.
He told police he had made about $10,000 in two-and-a-half months .
Carey was charged with trafficking that day, and was released on bail.
On March 29 last year police again stopped Carey in his car and a search revealed a tin containing several plastic clip seal bags containing cannabis and a set of scales disguised as an iPod.
On July 22 last year police raided Carey’s residence and found about 260 grams, or $1400 worth of cannabis separated into various bags.
It was during this raid that police also came across the ledger.
Defence solicitor Maree Willey said Carey started selling drugs as a way of supporting his own habit of taking ecstasy every weekend and cannabis daily.
Ms Willey said Carey had co-operated with police and had served just over four months in prison after being arrested for the charges in questions as well as other charges.
She said this had been a wake-up call for him and since being released in November last year had begun to turn his life around.
Justice Duncan McMeekin described drug trafficking as an “evil trade” that actively harmed young people.
“That is why you are where you are today and that is why you will be going to jail today,” Justice McMeekin told Carey.
He sentenced Carey to a head sentence of four years for the second count of drug trafficking, with lesser terms to be served concurrently for the other two counts.
He gave a parole eligibility date of April 20, 2012.