Twelve years for Sun­shine Coast drug traf­ficker

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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

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