Expectant dad dealer gets second chance

A SOON to be dad who checked into rehab following a major drug bust near Kingaroy has been released on immediate parole.

Brendon John Jackson pleaded guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court to supplying a dangerous drug and possession of a weapon.

The court heard he was driving to a customer with several bags of high-purity amphetamine and a machete on board when he was stopped by police in September last year.

A further search uncovered three mobile phones that, when analysed later, identified at least two separate drug supplies at Nanango.

Mr Jackson, who was supported in court by his pregnant partner, was said to have struggled with drug addiction for much of his life and continued to suffer from injuries he received in a serious car accident.

He was attempting to recover a debt from a customer when he was caught.

It was noted that since his arrest, Jackson had spent several months behind bars and in drug rehabilitation.

Justice Martin Daubney said Jackson's six-page criminal history was "smattered" with drug offences as well as dangerous driving and assault.

In sentencing Jackson to a total of two and a half years jail, Justice Daubney said he was not "unsympathetic" to his struggles but warned that if he breached his parole he would likely be on the first bus to Brisbane Correctional Centre.

"People have issues like this in their lives - some people don't have the support or ability to face up to those problems head on," Justice Daubney said

"Despite these difficulties, to your credit, you have faced up to that and you have successfully recently engaged in meaningful attempts to address them."

- ARM NEWSDESK



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