Drug dealer released after admitting his crimes

A TEENAGE drug dealer will serve just two months jail after he admitted to police his operation had been running for months rather than the 12 days they knew about.

Jake Robert Nolan, 18, pleaded guilty at the Brisbane Supreme Court this week to trafficking dangerous drugs, breaching bail, failing to stop for police, stealing as well as other drug and traffic offences.

The court heard Nolan came to police attention when a car he was a passenger in was pulled over for a routine licence check on a Bundaberg street. Police saw Nolan acting strangely and sweating profusely.

They asked to see his phone and he gave it to them and they found evidence he had been selling methylamphetamine over 12 days.

Police searched the car and found 0.4g of meth and less than a gram of marijuana in the vehicle.

Nolan panicked and ran from police but was quickly caught and arrested.

At the police station he admitted he had been selling drugs for six months rather than the 12 days police knew about from the text messages. He was taken into custody and spent 63 days in jail before being released on bail.

Supreme Court Justice David Boddice said Nolan's admissions honesty with police were a significant factors to his credit.

But Justice Boddice said Nolan had engaged in serious offending - much of it while on bail.

"This is what I consider to be persistent conduct against the laws of this state," he said.

"Meth is a particular problem in our community.

"Those who engage in the business of selling it are engaging in the business of spreading this problem."

But Justice Boddice said Nolan's youth and cooperation was a sign he could turn his life around.

Nolan was sentenced to a three year, one month suspended sentence, and will serve 18 months probation.

- APN NEWSDESK


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