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Drug trafficker and Kawana siege man jailed for six years

GUNS, drugs and a siege... it's all part of Hayden John Nitz's criminal history which has been described as "appalling".

The 26-year-old faced the Supreme Court of Rockhampton yesterday on charges including drug trafficking and stealing.

Nitz made the trip to court from the Capricornia Correctional Centre, where he is serving time behind bars for being responsible for a siege in Kawana in March last year.

He received three years in prison for the siege which took place over 12 hours.

It was when police arrested Nitz for the siege that they found he had a thriving drug trafficking business.

Nitz had been buying and selling drugs, including MDMA, cocaine and methylamphetamine, from March 2013 to March 2014.

The Crown prosecutor told the court Nitz operated at a high-end street level with his business having 30 to 40 customers and promoted his drug business by advertising methylamphetamine as "the bomb".

Nitz was first arrested for drug trafficking in May 2013; police had found $1400 in cash in his car and more than 1500 messages relating to drugs on his mobile phone.

At the time he was released on bail, but he decided to continue with his drug business.

Not only has Nitz been in trouble with the law regarding drugs, he has a violent past.

The Crown prosecutor told the court his violent history included driving around Rockhampton in 2007, shooting at members of the Aboriginal community with an air rifle.

Nitz's defence lawyer addressed the court and explained how he had a normal upbringing and was completing a mechanics apprenticeship.

Nitz worked at several mechanical shops around the region, but it was his last employment that he stole from to fuel his drug business.

The tyre fitter had access to his employer's safe and stole $1100 in order to buy drugs from Mackay.

Nitz's drug business came to an abrupt end in March 2014 after he forced a Rockhampton street into lockdown when he told police he was holed up in his house with a gun.

Scott St went into lockdown for more than 12 hours.

After the siege, police searched his home and found evidence of clip seal bags and scales for his drug business.

Justice David North sentenced Nitz to six years in prison for trafficking drugs and two months for stealing.

He has a parole eligibility date of August 13, 2017.

Topics:  crime drugs rockhampton rockhampton supreme court



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