Drug trafficker gets jail time

A 21-YEAR-old Emerald man has been given a lighter sentence after appearing in the Supreme Court, Rockhampton, on drug trafficking charges yesterday.

Tane Stuart Mattson pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking dangerous drugs, one count of possessing an item obtained from trafficking and one of stealing for offences committed between July 2009 and July 2010.

Mattson was facing a minimum 12 months in custody, but was sentenced to a minimum of six.

Crown prosecutor Michael Cowen told the court police conducted an operation in December 2009, when Mattson became a person of interest.

Police searched his Oxley Ct, Emerald, home on July 5, 2010, finding 10 suspicious tablets and $2500 cash in bundles in his car.

Mattson confessed he had been dealing for 12 months, sourcing four to eight ounces of cannabis a fortnight for 15-20 clients.

He also admitted to buying 200 ecstasy tablets on credit, selling 140 and giving 60 back.

Then another 50 and kept 10 for himself.

Justice Duncan McMeekin indicated he was impressed Mattson had stopped his association with all linked to drugs, lost 40kg and got a full-time job at a mine since.

He was sentenced to three years in prison, eligible for parole in six months.



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