No jail time for crimes

The Tatura Guardian - - Front Page - By Bar­clay White

A drug dealer who was found with ice, co­caine, ec­stasy, steroids and stolen firearms has walked free from court.

Michael Sean Ros­sign­uolo, 42, of Tatura was sen­tenced to a com­mu­nity cor­rec­tions or­der at Shep­par­ton Mag­is­trates’ Court last week for his crimes of drug traf­fick­ing and pos­sess­ing il­le­gal firearms.

Po­lice con­ducted two raids at prop­er­ties linked to Ros­sign­uolo on June 28, which un­cov­ered ec­stasy, metham­phetamines, co­caine, steroids and il­le­gal firearms.

A hid­den ledger un­cov­ered dur­ing the raids re­vealed names and prices, which po­lice be­lieved to be ev­i­dence of sev­eral deals with peo­ple around town.

The to­tal value of the deals writ­ten out on the ledger was more than $29 000, with a sep­a­rate list un­cov­ered show­ing the go­ing rate for var­i­ous amounts of co­caine and ice.

He was ar­rested fol­low­ing the June raids, but bailed eight days later.

A num­ber of guns were also seized, with one dis­cov­ered to have been stolen from Stan­hope, an­other stolen from Shep­par­ton.

Ros­sign­uolo’s lawyer Ro­han Lawrence ar­gued his client was far from a high­level drug dealer and should not face more time be­hind bars.

‘‘This traf­fick­ing is some- what un­usual,’’ Mr Lawrence said.

The lawyer said Ros­sign­uolo had been a reg­u­lar drug user for about 13 years.

His use in­ten­si­fied as he moved on from am­phet­a­mines to ice and money prob­lems forced him to find creative ways to fund his habit, the lawyer said.

Through a con­tact, Mr Lawrence said he bought drugs and sold them on to the same reg­u­lar con­tacts of about five to eight peo­ple.

‘‘He, along with a small group of friends, would pool money and pur­chase drugs that would then be shared,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s not some­one who wasn’t a drug user and was sim­ply traf­fick­ing for profit.’’

Ros­sign­uolo pleaded guilty with nine of the orig­i­nal charges struck out by the pros­e­cu­tion.

Mag­is­trate John Mur­phy said it was clear from his fam­ily and ex­ten­sive char­ac­ter ref­er­ences pro­vided to the court that Ros­sign­uolo had plenty of sup­port to change.

‘‘Com­ing from an Ital­ian back­ground you ob­vi­ously recog­nise the im­por­tance of fam­ily,’’ the mag­is­trate said.

He was sen­tenced to a two-year com­mu­nity cor­rec­tions or­der, which must in­clude drug coun­selling and 400 hours com­mu­nity ser­vice.

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