'Above-average street dealer' sent to prison

PROPERTIES on the Gold Coast, a steady job and plenty to live for - it seemed like Caleb John Gibson had it all.

That was until drugs took over and he lost everything.

The 30-year-old was in Rockhampton Supreme Court yesterday facing 17 charges, including trafficking and producing dangerous drugs.

Gibson, from Gladstone, left home when he was 17, after starting to smoking cannabis.

In his 20s he bought four properties on the Gold Coast with the hope of building a property portfolio, however, drugs began to take over his life.

At the height of his addiction he was taking half a gram of methamphetamine daily, for five days at a time.

The court heard that Gibson was classified as an "above-average street dealer" and he had told people that his drug business was "ramping up".

In May 2014 he was sent to jail for trafficking three different types of drugs.

His defence lawyer told the court jail had been a wake-up call for Gibson.

Gibson had spent 369 days in pre-sentence custody before facing the Supreme Court.

Justice North sentenced Gibson to four and a half years in prison, suspending the sentence after 18 months. Convictions were recorded.

By the numbers:

0.5g methamphetamine daily for five days at a time

Bought four properties on the Gold Coast in his 20s

369 days in pre-sentence custody

Topics:  cannabis court drugs gladstone jail methamphetamine rockhampton

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