Busted during undercover op
AN ice trafficker caught up in a police sting has been jailed for spreading wholesale amounts of the notorious drug across the Mackay region.
Levi Lyndon Harper (right) was caught up in a Queensland Police State Drug Squad operation targeting methamphetamine (ice) dealing.
Specifically, undercover officers were targeting Charlotte Leslie Mitchell, who was sentenced to six years jail (with possible parole in September 2018) earlier this year for trafficking.
Harper had become entangled in the web and the 32-year-old was arrested and charged in May 2016.
The Mackay man, who had since moved to the Gold Coast, fronted Mackay Supreme Court on Tuesday, represented by barrister Anthony Kimmins, (instructed by Ashkan Tai Lawyers).
Harper pleaded guilty to trafficking ice and MDMA (ecstasy).
He was selling ice up to an ounce (28 grams) in weight for up to $12,000 a pop and police found evidence Harper trafficked over a period of about four months, between March and August, 2015, Crown prosecutor Mark Whitbread told the court.
Justice Duncan McMeekin said during sentencing some aspects of Harper’s business dealings remained unclear, such as his total turnover and profit.
“What is known, comes mainly from what police could find out ... the scale of your activities is unknown,” he said.
“The amounts of money involved were large and it is known that if you supplied an ounce to Mitchell she would provide you $11,000 to $12,000.
“Mr Kimmins, who appears on your behalf, points out that the evidence is not that you supplied all of that to Mitchell, but that you initially supplied in smaller quantities and larger quantities over time. You supplied wholesale amounts of MDMA on occasions.”
Harper – who has a criminal record including drug possession and (marijuana) production largely racked up after he was charged with trafficking – was described as a heavy user of ice and a facilitator of “substantial businesses”.
Justice McMeekin said Harper had lost a number of people in his life – including his parents, grandparents and close friend – and that perhaps influenced Harper’s decision to turn to drugs.
Medical documents tendered indicated Harper “fulfills the criteria” for a major depressive disorder, panic disorder and a substance abuse disorder.
Taking into account an early plea and the fact the Crown did not need to prepare for trial, Justice McMeekin sentenced Harper to five years jail, with parole eligibility on July 14, 2019.