Teen dealer gets jail

Joondalup Times - - COMMUNITY DRUG CRISIS - Mark Don­ald­son

A TEENAGER who sold ec­stasy and co­caine in the north­ern sub­urbs to feed his own drug habit has been sen­tenced to more than a year in jail.

Michael John Reid (19) faced the District Court on March 29, plead­ing guilty to seven counts of in­tend­ing to sell and sup­ply drugs.

The court heard Reid, who had no prior con­vic­tions, dealt in about 130 ec­stasy pills and 14.6g of co­caine be­tween June and Au­gust last year.

The Or­gan­ised Crime Squad had been lis­ten­ing to his phone calls.

State Pros­e­cu­tor Pe­ter Phillips re­ferred to Reid’s pre-sen­tence re­port in which Reid said he “snorted” the prof­its of his drug deal­ing.

De­fence lawyer Gavin Ma­cLean pushed for a sus­pended prison sen­tence given his client was a young first-time of­fender who dealt drugs not for profit, but to fund his own habit.

He said Reid was “uni­ver­sally re­garded as some­one of very good re­pute” from a “very sup­port­ive, sta­ble fam­ily back­ground”.

The of­fender’s par­ents and girl­friend were at the hear­ing.

“He has had the wake-up call as a young man and he’s seen the re­al­ity of a drug-fu­elled life­style and… has noth­ing but re­grets,” Mr Ma­cLean said.

But Judge Alan Troy said there was “no prin­ci­ple that deal­ers who are drug users should be treated more le­niently”.

“I am un­able to be per­suaded that this is in any way an ex­cep­tional case to war­rant the im­po­si­tion of a sen­tence of any­thing other than im­me­di­ate im­pris­on­ment,” he said.

Mr Phillips de­scribed de­tails of five tele­phone calls in which Reid or­gan­ised to buy or sell ec­stasy and co­caine. In one of the calls he ar­ranged to de­liver co­caine to a male in Heathridge.

On June 16, in­ves­ti­ga­tors recorded a con­ver­sa­tion where he ar­ranged to buy about 55 ec­stasy pills for $500.

He first came into con­tact with po­lice when of­fi­cers stopped the ve­hi­cle he was driv­ing on Adam­son Close in Kings­ley about 6.45pm on Au­gust 18.

Po­lice found 6.6g of co­caine and 82 ec­stasy tablets in a bag hid­den in his un­der­wear.

Mr Ma­cLean said his client ceased drug use af­ter po­lice charged him that night.

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