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Back injury led to string of drug offences

A FATHER who falsified doctor's referrals to access his drug of choice has been sentenced to six years imprisonment.

Ryan Keith Bailey appeared in Gladstone District Court on Tuesday supported by his wife, parents and two of his three young sons.

After incurring a serious back injury in 2008, Bailey was prescribed "very heavy painkillers", which became a catalyst for his spiral into drug abuse.

Forty-one charges, including drug trafficking, eight counts of possession of dangerous drugs, four counts of forgery, five counts of fraud, possession of utensils and three counts of breach bail conditions were among the long list of offences to which Bailey entered an early plea of guilty.

On April 7, 2013, police conducted a search at Bailey's property in Gladstone, uncovering remnants of chemicals including methylamphetamine and prescription drug Fentanyl, as well as fake referral letters for general practitioners in the Rockhampton region.

Bailey declined to participate in a police interview and was granted bail.

He then failed to meet his bail requirements before he was again busted in a police raid on August 7 of the same year.

Then he was found at the site of a raid on a rural property in Mount Larcom.

Again, a methylamphetamine set-up was discovered by police, and Bailey was taken into custody.

The 28-year-old boilermaker's actions were described by presiding Judge Brad Farr as a "persistent course of offending conduct" requiring "some degree of sophistication and planning".

Judge Farr imposed a three-year sentence for drug trafficking, 12 months for drug production charges, six months each for drug possession and each of the summary offences.

Bailey will be eligible for parole on November 7.

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