Twelve years for Sunshine Coast drug trafficker
A SUNSHINE Coast drug trafficker has been jailed for 12 years for supplying wholesale amounts of meth and cannabis.
It only took a jury about an hour to find Michael Allan Cornick, 61, guilty of a number of drug charges on Thursday but it took hours for a judge to decide how he should be sentenced.
Cornick was arrested in Childers as part of an undercover operation.
Cornick faced Brisbane Supreme Court on more than 20 charges relating to trafficking, supplying and possessing drugs and possessing firearms.
He pleaded guilty to some, not guilty to others and the jury acquitted him of one. The court heard Cornick was caught trafficking meth between 2009 and 2011 and was released on bail. But he was caught the following year trafficking drugs again.
When handing down his sentence yesterday, Judge Martin Daubney said Cornick had more than 50 customers and associates in his second stint and had a “significantly-expanded customer base”.
While noting Cornick was not a drug addict, Justice Daubney said this was a “very serious” example of drug trafficking.
“It occurred over a long period, it was motivated solely for commercial gain, it was persistent to the point of being brazen, it occurred at wholesale level… it appears to me that you went about this illicit trade without any thought for the misery or human suffering you were inflicting on the community at large.”
Cornick was sentenced to 12 years jail.and was also declared a serious offender.
– APN NEWSDESK