Methamphetamine supplier dodges jail
A DUARINGA man who supplied his drinking buddy with methamphetamines on four occasions walked free from Rockhampton District Court this morning.
Jai Jacob White pleaded guilty in Rockhampton District Court to four counts of supplying dangerous drugs after he sold his friend a total of 6.5g of methamphetamine to the value of $3950 on four occasions in July 2013.
The court heard police intercepted phone calls between White and his friend on July 9, 10, 12 and 14 as part of a drug trafficking operation.
White, who was 23 years old at the time of the offences, sold an ex-colleague one gram of methamphetamine for $750 on July 9, one gram of methamphetamine for $700 on July 10, 3.5g, or an eight ball, of methamphetamine for $2000 on July 12 and a further one gram of methamphetamine for $500 on July 14.
Defence barrister Ross Lo Monaco told the court that White became a drug user when his then-partner told him she was pregnant with another man's baby.
"He was a methamphetamine user for around about six months," Mr Lo Monaco said.
Mr Lo Monaco said White did not supply the schedule one drug to finance his own addiction.
"He was not selling on the street and was not seeking a market for himself," Mr Lo Monaco said.
"He didn't make a cent out of this and it was not a commercial operation.
"He was supplying a drinking buddy."
Mr Lo Monaco said the friend contacted White to supply him with drugs when he found out White was a user.
"He got drugs from his supplier and passed them onto his friend," he said.
Judge Michael Burnett said White's lack of criminal history worked in his favour.
"A short time prior to the offences your life went off the rails and when your then-partner proclaimed she was pregnant to another man so you found solace in drugs and alcohol," Judge Burnett said.
"You are a young man with no criminal history and that is the only thing that has kept your out of prison today."
White was 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.