Dexie dealer gets 1.5-year jail sen­tence

Geraldton Guardian - - News -

A 33-year-old man who was found to be sell­ing his pre­scrip­tion dex­am­phetamine tablets has been jailed for 18 months.

At 2.25am on Jan­uary 18, Ja­son Mun­rowd was a pas­sen­ger in a Holden Com­modore stopped by po­lice on Brand High­way in Tar­coola Beach.

On search­ing the car, of­fi­cers found three bot­tles of dex­am­phetamine, con­tain­ing a to­tal of 282 tablets, in Mun­rowd’s pos­ses­sion.

Po­lice also searched his phone, which con­tained mes­sages of­fer­ing to sell the tablets.

He was charged and ap­peared in the District Court in Ger­ald­ton on Mon­day, where he pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion of a pro­hib­ited drug with in­tent to sell or sup­ply. He also breached a 12-month sus­pended im­pris­on­ment order handed down by an Ar­madale mag­is­trate for a re­ceiv­ing charge last year.

Mun­rowd’s lawyer Sea­mus Raf­ferty said dex­am­phetamine was on the lower end of il­licit sub­stances.

He said it was mainly used by uni­ver­sity stu­dents when fa­tigued and only sold for $3-$5 a tablet.

“This is not a huge money-mak­ing ex­er­cise,” he said.

The court was told Mun­rowd had be­gun drug use at age 18 but had ab­stained for up to eight years.

He re­sumed us­ing drugs at age 29 af­ter his long-term part­ner left him and his con­tact with his two chil­dren was re­duced.

Mun­rowd spent seven months in cus­tody af­ter be­ing charged in Jan­uary.

Mr Raf­ferty said on re­lease he had ob­tained work and planned to see his kids, and asked the court to deal with his of­fence by way of fines.

“This is deal­ing on such a low level for a small profit,” he said.

Judge Stephen Scott said the rea­son dex­am­phetamine was pre­scribed was it could have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on peo­ple.

“This is not just a mat­ter of hav­ing it in your pos­ses­sion and some­one ask­ing for it,” he said.

“It is get­ting them pre­scribed and sell­ing them.”

He said the com­mu­nity needed to be re­minded peo­ple couldn’t sell pre­scrip­tion drugs, and deal­ers would be pun­ished. Mun­rowd was sen­tenced to 18 months im­pris­on­ment, back­dated to Jan­uary 18, and was made el­i­gi­ble for pa­role.

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