Phone intercepts nab local drug dealers

TWO Gladstone men who were involved in a drug syndicate were sentenced in Gladstone District Court on Monday.

Michael James Hackett pleaded guilty to unlawfully trafficking dangerous drugs and was sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment.

Hackett was given a parole release date of January 7 next year.

Jason Peter Ferry pleaded guilty to producing dangerous drugs and three other drug related offences and was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment with immediate parole.

The men were caught after a Gladstone police operation that targeted Gladstone drug traffickers and suppliers.

Their involvement came to light through telephone intercepts.

Defence barrister David Murray said Hackett became involved after he became acquainted with a drug dealer.

"He has a hesitant personality and has difficulty making friends," Mr Murray said.

"He was taken into the friendship because he could drive."

Ferry, a long-time heroin user, was overheard by police offering to drop boxes of medicine that could be used in the production of methamphetamines to a drug dealer.

Judge Brendan Butler said Hackett's offence was serious, but that it was on the lower end of offending.

"You exposed people to dangerous drugs," he said.

Judge Butler convicted Ferry of the three other drug offences but no further punishment was imposed.

An order was made for the forfeiture of the drug items.



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