Drug dealer back in court and out on parole
A HERVEY Bay man who is no stranger to the inside of a court room has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for his latest brush with the law.
But he was released on immediate parole and his sentence was wholly suspended for four years.
Clay Kenneth Gordon Nash, 20, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the Brisbane Supreme Court to a host of drug-related offences including trafficking, supplying and possessing cannabis and ecstasy.
Prosecutor Dejana Kovac told the court Nash was arrested after police were called to his parents' Hervey Bay home on an unrelated matter.
She said while police were there, they searched a backpack belonging to Nash at his father's request.
"Police searched the bag and discovered drugs, mobile phones, a tick book, scales and numerous plastic bags containing pills," she said.
"He was dealing at a street level in and around the Hervey Bay area.
"He was sourcing the drug from a supplier in Brisbane and had about 24 regular clients.
"It is unknown if he made any profit from his offending, but he was owed about $8500 from various people."
Ms Kovac said Nash had a juvenile criminal history for drug, property and traffic-related offences, and he had been before the courts on five separate occasions.
Defence barrister Peter Richards told the court Nash was still a young man who had the support of his family.
He said he would be employed in his father's plastering business should he be released from jail.
"His former partner introduced him to drugs and his life has spiralled out of control since then," he said.
"He has subjected his family, particularly his mother, to the effects of his drug taking.
"He is extremely remorseful over his actions and the effect it has had on his family."
Justice Peter Applegarth sentenced Nash to three-and-a-half years behind bars, but ordered the 164 days he had served in pre-sentence custody to be counted as time served.
"Even though your trafficking was only for a short period, it still had a commercial aspect to it," he said.
"You are also extremely lucky that you are fortunate enough to have a loving, forgiving and supportive family."
- APN Newsdesk