Meth dealer caught on hwy to Emerald wanted to make money

A CENTRAL Queensland man who turned to selling methamphetamine to make money after losing his job has been jailed for two years.

The Supreme Court at Rockhampton yesterday heard Mitchell West, 25, was picked up by police on the Capricorn Hwy early on the morning of November 7 last year when he was on his way to deliver an unknown quantity of methamphetamine to a customer in Emerald.

Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips said police found a "fake" Coke can in the car which concealed 29 clip seal bags, one of which contained 6g of methamphetamine, of which 3.95g was the drug in its purest form.

"When questioned by police about that night's efforts, the prisoner said he would make maybe a grand," Mr Phillips said.

"He was stopped at an RBT site which was not so random as it would turn out as that part of the Capricorn Hwy was known for drug trafficking."

West, of Gladstone, pleaded guilty to five counts of supplying a dangerous drug and one count each of aggravated possession of a dangerous drug in excess of 2g and possessing drug related utensils.

The court heard West's iPhone showed text messages relating to the sale of 0.2g of methamphetamine for $200 on two occasions, 0.2g for $100 and an unknown quantity for $2200 on dates prior to being intercepted.

The unknown quantity was "uncut solid" drugs.

Defence barrister Tom Polley said West turned to methamphetamine after he lost his job.

"He was laid off employment and found himself in a low mood and not doing well," Mr Polley said.

Justice Duncan McMeekin said the charges were the first time West had appeared before a court.

"The maximum penalty for the sentence is 25 years imprisonment and you have only been on this earth for 25 years," he said.

West was sentenced to six months in prison for three supplying offences and two years in prison for two supplying and aggravated possession offences, to be served concurrently.

He was not further punished for possessing drug-related utensils.

A parole release date was set after six months.



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