Drug-crossed lovers jailed after investigation in Gladstone

THEY each had what the other wanted.

This was how barrister David Murray explained to the Supreme Court of Rockhampton about the beginning of Russell Francis Moody and Sally Joanne Johnson's drug-crossed romance.

Moody, 39, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one charge of trafficking dangerous drugs.

Johnson was sentenced to six years in prison for the same charge on September 7 .

The two were picked up during police investigations into the Gladstone drug trade.

"Both had a certain hopelessness when it came to the use of drugs," Mr Murray said.

The court heard Moody was a methamphetamine addict who dealt cannabis to fuel his addiction.

Johnson was a methamphetamine addict and dealer looking to expand her business.

"They dove-tailed into supporting and supplying each other," Mr Murray said.

"Moody and Johnson fed each other's habits, literally."

Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips told the court Moody had trafficked cannabis and methamphetamine between March 1 and December 15 last year.

Mr Phillips said Moody and Johnson would sell between $2000 and $4000 worth of drugs each week, making a total profit of $44,000 over the nine and a half month period.

He said the pair were wholesalers to some degree, with numerous suppliers and about 20 regular customers.

Mr Phillips argued Moody deserved a longer prison sentence than Johnson as his involvement was greater.

Justice Duncan McMeekin agreed it was difficult to differentiate between the two.

Moody was sentenced to six years imprisonment with a parole eligibility date set at December 14, 2013.



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