‘Altruistic’ drug baron jailed for five years
AN INPEX worker and parttime DJ who sourced tens of thousands of dollars in drugs for himself and his friends has been jailed for five years.
Mathew Meldrum, 28, was convicted in the Supreme Court of multiple counts of possession and supply after police caught him “red handed” with $25,000 worth of various drugs, including more than 150 tabs of LSD.
Meldrum claimed to have started buying the drugs after his girlfriend bought a bad pill and then sold them to her and other friends at cost price because he was an “altruist”.
But in suspending his sentence after two years, Justice Judith Kelly said she did not believe Meldrum’s claims of selflessness.
“I don’t accept that aspect of the story which makes you out to be a hero who buys and supplies drugs for altruistic reasons,” she said.
“It seems to me that in relating it this way you simply demonstrate that you don’t have any real insight into your offending, no real remorse and don’t fully accept responsibility for what you have done.”
The court heard Meldrum’s scheme came undone when police intercepted a package containing 100 tabs of LSD addressed to his home under a false name and subsequently searched his bedroom.
Justice Kelly said Meldrum’s offending was less serious than some other commercial drug operations as it was not run for a profit but more serious than others due to the quantity and variety of drugs found in his possession.
“You paint yourself in the role of hero, altruist, but you are not,” she said.
“You were buying and selling drugs to support an expensive partying lifestyle for you and your friends.”
Meldrum was allowed to keep $15,165 found in his bedroom safe as prosecutors could not prove it was not income derived from his employment as a DJ at Rorkes.
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