Court hears wholesale Coast drug trafficker a 'family man'
A MAN convicted of running a Sunshine Coast wholesale drug trafficking operation is a "family man" and two drug dealer/addicts with "a lot to gain" turned on him, a court has heard.
In the second day of William Myles Bush's sentencing in Brisbane Supreme Court, after a jury found him guilty of for trafficking multiple drugs over a period of years, the court heard he was remorseful and his operation had not been as big as made out.
Bush, 42, was found guilty at trial of running a marijuana, speed and ecstasy ring that was busted when police intercepted a car Gerald Joseph Panganiban was driving containing kilograms of drugs and more than $60,000 of cash.
Panganiban worked as an "employee" or "runner" for Bush and had more drugs, including steroids, ecstasy and marijuana, hidden in Panganiban's shed.
Crown prosecutor Jodie Wooldridge called for Bush to be jailed for up to 15 years but his lawyer said his sentence should be little more than half that.
Lawyer Julie Sharp said the length of Bush's trafficking and the quantity of drugs he had was overstated during the trial.
She said two witnesses were drug dealer/addicts who "had a lot to gain" by testifying against Bush.
She said their claims Bush had been trafficking large quantities of drugs for years had been overstated and the two dealer/addicts were unreliable because of years of drug use.
Ms Sharp said Bush was a "family man" who had since realised how much he had harmed the community through his involvement in the drug trade.
Ms Sharp said a sentence as low as eight years jail was appropriate but she admitted if Justice Anthe Philippides rejected her submissions that the witnesses were unreliable, higher sentences were open.
Justice Philippides will deliver her verdict at a later date.