Drug enterprise comes crashing down as police raid house
FIVE suppliers, at least 38 buyers, and a turnover of more than $30,000. This was the enterprise of Rockhampton's Jason Matthew Dobbs.
But all that came crashing down when a search warrant was executed at his home and he was arrested by police for trafficking and supplying methylamphetamine and small amounts of marijuana.
Dobbs, 33, was one of seven people to be sentenced for drug-related offences in the Rockhampton Supreme Court this week.
Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips on Friday told the court Dobbs purchased and sold the drugs to his customers in Rockhampton and the surrounding area between July and October last year.
He said on one occasion Dobbs traded a quantity of meth in exchange for a couple of T-shirts and a digital camera.
Mr Phillips estimated the value of the defendant's business to be $33,500, but said he was only a street level dealer.
The court heard Dobbs was on bail and a suspended sentence for other charges at the time of his offending.
Defence barrister Jeff Clarke said his client became a dealer to fuel his own drug addiction, which began when he was 18.
"He knows he has ruined his life and the life he was meant to be providing for his children," Mr Clarke said.
Brett Troy Wust, one of Dobbs' suppliers, also fronted court on Friday charged with trafficking and supplying meth.
He was sentenced to four years jail with a parole eligibility date set at March 20, 2015. Dobbs got a five-year prison term with a parole eligibility date set at June 16 next year.