Father taken down as cops target kingpin
THE police had their eyes on a drug mastermind.
And Christopher Anthony Cumming-Creed was among those caught in the net.
The Sunshine Coast father of three pleaded guilty on Thursday to trafficking ice and ecstasy over three and a half months in Bli Bli.
Cumming-Creed, now 33, also pleaded guilty to a tainted property charge for having a passport and four ID cards that were not his.
Justice Debra Mullins was told Cumming-Creed had a drug supplier who eventually introduced him to the kingpin.
Brisbane Supreme Court heard police targeting a Sunshine Coast drug mogul made multiple arrests in 2016.
And a prosecutor on Thursday said the courts had already dealt with three other people in fallout from the police operation.
The Crown said Cumming-Creed sold more than 3000 ecstasy pills and about 482-510g of ice.
Cumming-Creed's barrister said autism and drug addiction had presented challenges for the father.
But Cumming-Creed had taken courses in jail to tackle drug addiction and was planning a visual arts course to make use of his drawing skills, the court heard.
Justice Mullins imposed a jail sentence of six years, eight months.
She said despite Cumming-Creed having a criminal history from several previous "outings” in court, she believed he was sincerely remorseful now.
Yet Justice Mullins said the Coast man should have thought earlier of how drug dealing would impact his loved ones.
"It's a pity that you didn't allow what you appreciate now - the need for you to play a role in their lives to motivate you earlier to avoid illicit substances and desist from criminal offending.”
For reasons including his rehab efforts and the time he'd already spent in custody since 2016, Cumming-Creed will be eligible for parole on April 24 next year.
Justice Mullins urged him to start work on his parole application. -NewsRegional