Prison time for ‘drug runs’
Ice trafficker detected as part of local major operation
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.”