Man jailed for drug trafficking
INSTEAD of watching his 18-month-old daughter grow and learn over the next few years, Benjamin Francis Carey will spend his time behind bars.
A jury yesterday found the 29-year-old Rockhampton man guilty of trafficking and possessing drugs in 2009.
Police found 78gm of methylamphetamine in three "tubs" under the basin in the bathroom of the North Rockhampton house he was residing in during a drug raid.
Carey said he had no knowledge of the drugs discovered in the bathroom.
During the four-day trial in the Supreme Court, the jury heard 17 recorded telephone conversations between Carey and his mate Adrian Sutton while Sutton was imprisoned in Townsville Correctional Centre.
The lawyer representing Carey, Doug Winning, said the cryptic nature of the men's conversations could be attributed to the fact they were old friends who didn't want to be heard.
But Justice Duncan McMeekin said yesterday, after listening to the recordings, he could come to no other conclusion than that Carey and Sutton were discussing drug transactions.
He said Carey took and sent messages between Sutton and others, along with gathering money.
But Justice McMeekin said he accepted Carey was not the principal person involved in the dealings.
He condemned Carey's actions, saying Carey had committed a terrible crime by bringing drugs into the community.
He added that the irony for Carey was that he also suffered from drug use after taking methylamphetamine and marijuana for several years.
He said despite Carey's denials, he must have known the drugs were in the bathroom.
Carey was sentenced to five years jail, with a parole eligibility date of June 7, 2014.