Police found two $11,000 meth balls in car
AN INVESTIGATION into drugs and prostitution on the Gold Coast ended up leading police to Neville Desmond Rohl in Ipswich.
Police discovered Rohl was supplying one of the prostitutes with methylamphetamine when they intercepted a phone call between the pair in January, 2011.
They later intercepted a phone call between Rohl and two alleged patched members of the Hells Angels.
After the 53-year-old, a methylamphetamine addict at the time, met with the accused bikies, police raided his car and found two balls of a crystallised substance.
Police said the two balls of methylamphetamine could be worth just under $11,000 each.
Rohl had come to know the bikies through his work as a spray painter.
While sentencing Rohl to four years and nine months in jail in Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday, Justice Peter Applegarth said Rohl had lost his home, treasured possessions and tools to drug debts.
He spoke of Rohl's troubled upbringing, with an abusive stepfather and a mother who disappeared from his life when he was 15.
"Methylamphetamine is a wicked drug, you must know that from your use of it," Justice Applegarth said.
"It wreaks havoc on people who use it."
He said he would take into account the information Rohl gave police about the alleged bikies, leading him to require police protective custody, and his guilty pleas.
But Justice Applegarth said Rohl needed to be punished.
Taking into account 15 months he has served in custody, he set September 23, 2015, as the date Rohl is eligible to apply for parole.
- APN NEWSDESK