Man gets nine years jail for selling drugs in Gladstone

A GYM junkie led astray by cocaine has returned to his healthy lifestyle after being nabbed for trafficking more than $360,000 worth of drugs in Gladstone.

But Joshua James Davies' new life of fitness and health is on pause after receiving a lengthy prison term for his actions.

Davies pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court yesterday to trafficking ecstasy, cocaine and methamphetamine between December 2008 and March 2010.

The court heard the drugs were couriered from Brisbane to Gladstone for distribution.

After three months of listening in on phone calls, police charged Davies in March 2010.

Crown Prosecutor David Nardone told the court on Tuesday Davies was involved in the distribution of drugs on a wholesale scale.

From January to March 2010 when police listened to Davies' conversations, Mr Nardone said, Davies sold drugs worth a commercial value of $367,815, including 130 ounces of methamphetamine.

The biggest transactions included 350 grams of methamphetamine for $9000-$10,000.

Mr Nardone said Davies also sold 8800 MDMA tablets in single transactions in exchange for $1000-$2000.

Davies also sold 250 grams of cocaine, including "eight balls" or 3.5 grams, on a regular basis for $1100.

Mr Nardone said a financial analysis showed Davis made a profit of $12,000 over the three month period from January to March 2010.

Defence barrister Adrian Donaldson painted a picture of his client's unfortunate and long-running struggle with drug abuse.

Mr Donaldson said Davies at one point would use two to three grams of cocaine per day.

The drug abuse cost him his marriage to his "childhood sweetheart" whom he met after he moved to Gladstone to pursue an apprenticeship as a boilermaker.

In 2009 Davies moved to Brisbane but fell back into the "cycle of drug dependency", Mr Donaldson said.

But a psychologist report compiled this month stated Davies had significantly changed his alcohol and cocaine dependence.

Mr Donaldson said Davies had recently established a health fitness business with his brother and his new partner.

Justice Margaret Wilson said two people involved in the trafficking with Davies had already been sentenced.

She acknowledged Davies expensive cocaine habit drove him into trafficking.

"This was serious offending," she said.

"Your conduct was deliberate and scheming."

Justice Wilson said Davies had no regard for the impact his drug supply would have on people.

She sentenced him to nine years in jail but said he would be eligible for parole midway through his sentence.



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