DJ drug dealer reforms

WHILE spinning discs at a Gladstone nightclub, Joshua James Adlam also kept his hands busy dishing out drugs.

Adlam, 19, of Gladstone, met with an undercover police officer on July 5 last year and offered to supply methamphetamine tablets at $25 a tablet.

He arranged a place to sell the tablets to the officer and later met up with him selling 10 tablets for $200.

He was not arrested until nine months later, when a police investigation into the drug community in Gladstone concluded, because it would have compromised the operation.

Yesterday in the Supreme Court in Rockhampton, Adlam escaped a conviction after his lawyer argued that he was a “middle man” who made no money from the sale of drugs and now wanted to work with youth to steer them away from crime.

Defence lawyer Jeff Clarke said a conviction would not only compromise his future employment prospects but also his desire to work with youth.

Justice Duncan McMeekin said normally the sale of a schedule one drug would attract a conviction because there was a danger to the community, including youth, from the sale of the drugs.

But Adlam was able to provide a reference from a youth worker from the Gladstone Regional Council who believed he had realised the harm drugs cause.

The youth worker also wrote that Adlam had contributed to discussions in the community on anti-crime initiatives for youth as well as providing a safe environment for youth to gather in Gladstone.

Adlam also had no prior convictions, had entered an early guilty plea and the offence was at the low end of drug charges.

He ordered Adlam to complete 18 months of a probation order including reporting to an authorised corrective services officer and undergoing counselling as directed.

He must also not leave Queensland without permission.

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