Prison time for ‘drug runs’

Ice traf­ficker de­tected as part of lo­cal ma­jor oper­a­tion

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

A MAN who car­ried out “drug runs” for a drug ring re­spon­si­ble for traf­fick­ing al­most $900,000 worth of methy­lam­phetamine in the Wan­garatta area has been sen­tenced to 12 months im­pris­on­ment.

John Ket­tyle, 32, had pleaded guilty to traf­fick­ing methy­lam­phetamine be­fore he ap­peared via video link at Wan­garatta Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

The ac­cused was in­volved in an ice syn­di­cate that was de­tected un­der an 11 month in­ves­ti­ga­tion into drug traf­fick­ing, Oper­a­tion Kursk.

Mag­is­trate Ian Watkins handed down the 12 month cus­to­dial sen­tence due to the tragic af­fect drug traf­fick­ing had in the re­gion, with four months to be served cu­mu­la­tively to a five and a half year prison term re­lat­ing to prior mat­ters.

Ket­tyle was in­volved in “a rel­a­tively short pe­riod of of­fend­ing” from May 19 to July 13 in 2016 in which he trans­ported the il­licit drug ice to the Wan­garatta area to as­sist the “main of­fender”, Jas­mine Bourne.

Mr Watkins said the ac­cused made “reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances” in the Mag­is­trates’ Court since 2004, and it was clear the of­fend­ing re­lated to drug use.

“This is se­ri­ous of­fend­ing,” he said.

“You as­sisted in traf­fick­ing a drug that has caused sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to the lives of many, par­tic­u­larly in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

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