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Jail for man caught with $1000 worth of ice in a coke can

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

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

"He made admissions to supplying and was doing so to make money as he couldn't get a job."

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 of methamphetamine for $100 0.2g of methamphetamine for $200 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.

"Lucky for him he was caught when he was and since then he has cleaned up his act."

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, two years in prison for two supplying and aggravated possession offences and not further punished for possessing drug-related utensils.

A parole release date was set after West served six months, on May 11 next year.

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