Man dodges jail for drug supply ring
A SECOND man charged under a covert police drug trafficking operation was sentenced in Rockhampton District Court yesterday after pleading guilty to two counts of supplying a dangerous drug in July 2014.
Jazzmen Dodd was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for an operational period of three and a half years and two and a half years' probation for supplying methamphetamine to another person.
Another defendant, Jai Jacob White, charged on four counts of supplying methamphetamine to the same person under the same police drug trafficking operation, was earlier sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment, wholly suspended for 24 months, for the first two charges; 15 months' imprisonment, wholly suspended for 30 months, for the third charge; and 18 months' probation for the fourth charge.
The court heard Dodd made two phone calls to the person on July 10 and July 21 last year in which he sold 1.25 grams, or half an eight ball, on the first count for a total of $1000, $600 of which the buyer put on a "tick", or a drug account.
A sale amount was not specified in the second count.
Crown prosecutor Tiffany Lawrence told the court the 23-year-old was placed on 18 months' probation for two un-related drug offences on July 16, 2014, a date between the two trafficking offences.
"It was a matter of friends putting money in together and the defendant had to procure the drugs on behalf of them both," Crown prosecutor Lawrence said.
"He kept some for personal use."
Defence barrister Ross Lo Monaco said Dodd was contacted by the purchaser to "help out."
"He didn't profit himself from this venture," he said.
"(The purchaser) must have been running low in his own operation, there was no commercial element."
Judge Michael Burnett told Dodd each of the offences came with a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment.
"This is a schedule one drug and methamphetamine or ice is a scourge on our community," Judge Burnett said.
"You are young and you need to work this out pretty quickly or you will end up in prison if not dead."