24-year-old's meth habit rose to $1400 a day after job loss

WHEN the going gets tough, the tough often turn to drugs.

At least that was the case for Kristopher John Johnson, who ramped up his meth habit when he lost his job.

The 24-year-old pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court yesterday to five counts of supplying a dangerous drug and one count of possessing something used in connection to a crime.

The court heard Johnson was laid off from JJ Richards waste disposal management in Clermont in March last year due to downsizing by the company.

Defence barrister Jeff Clarke said this was the catalyst for an escalation in Johnson's drug addiction.

With no income and a habit costing him up to $1400 a day, Johnson started to sell meth and cannabis to his associates, making about $450 over an eight-day period in September last year.

However, this short stint as a street level dealer ended when police intercepted a number of text messages on his phone.

Johnson was on parole for an assault at the time.

Judge Paul Smith said he was lucky he wasn't facing a trafficking charge.

"This is a turning point for you," Judge Smith said.

"You can either go forward or get out (of jail) and go backwards."

Johnson, who had already served five months, was sentenced to 15 months jail. He will be released on parole on Monday.



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