Shock at sub­ur­ban teenager’s ec­stasy racket ig­no­rance

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

AN IN­EPT teenage ec­stasy racket prompted a judge to warn that young drug-deal­ers risk ir­re­versible dam­age in adult jails among gangs of “sex­ual preda­tors”.

Kenzo Mau­rer was 18 when he and his as­so­ciate aged 17 sold ec­stasy pills in Bli Bli for as lit­tle as $6 profit a pop.

On Fri­day a pros­e­cu­tor said Mau­rer made a to­tal of about $400 profit and used his phone’s Notes ap­pli­ca­tion as a tick sheet.

Po­lice last year also found texts and Face­book mes­sages on the Sun­shine Coast teen’s phone dis­cussing drug deals.

Jus­tice Jean Dal­ton said both of­fend­ers had no crim­i­nal his­tory and were from good fam­i­lies.

She told Bris­bane Supreme Court the case sug­gested some teenagers were stag­ger­ingly naive about how se­ri­ously courts viewed drug deal­ing and traf­fick­ing.

“I ac­cept that you had ab­so­lutely no idea how se­ri­ous your of­fend­ing was,” she told Mau­rer.

Jus­tice Dal­ton said schoolchil­dren should be taught from Year 8 about the con­se­quences of break­ing drug laws.

“If you are 18 and you’re sent to a men’s prison, your life will never be the same again.”

The judge said she’d heard of in­mates who be­longed to “a gang of sex­ual preda­tors in jail.”

“It’s not dra­matic, overblown in­for­ma­tion. It’s just the truth.”

Pros­e­cu­tor Ka­t­rina Overell said when the co-of­fender was asked why they got in­volved in drug deal­ing, they said they “only did it to be cool”.

Ms Overell said Mau­rer sold ec­stasy to other teenagers.

Mau­rer and his for­mer as­so­ciate, who for le­gal rea­sons can­not be named, both pleaded guilty on Fri­day to drug traf­fick­ing.

Mau­rer’s bar­ris­ter Rus­sell Pearce said the teenagers made “very silly choices” in a busi­ness that ex­isted through “word of mouth”.

The court heard that even if Mau­rer avoided jail, he would be con­victed, which would likely com­pli­cate any travel plans and his pro­fes­sional fu­ture.

Mauer was given two years’ jail, with a con­vic­tion recorded but with im­me­di­ate pa­role re­lease.

His for­mer as­so­ciate got two years’ pro­ba­tion and a rep­ri­mand, with no con­vic­tion recorded.

Photo: FACE­BOOK

STERN WARN­ING: Kenzo Mau­rer and his as­so­ciate’s naivete about drug law con­cerned a judge.

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