Meth dealer out for Christmas

A "STREET level” Sunshine Coast meth trafficker who became a father a week ago will be out of jail in time for Christmas.

Over two months in 2015, Ryan Lewis Connors ran a meth business out of his Mountain Creek home.

Police came across Connors as part of a larger investigation into a Sunshine Coast meth network.

Police had intercepted the phone calls of a higher-level supplier and noticed regular calls between her and Connors.

They found between May 8, 2015 and July 9, 2015 Connors bought at least 30g of meth from the supplier and sold it at least five times to customers.

Connors pleaded guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday to drug trafficking.

Crown prosecutor Matt Le Grand said the two did not talk about quantities, only the price of how much Connors was buying.

Connors said he sold half an ounce of meth (about 14g) to a customer for $2000 on one occasion.

Police raided Connors's house and found drug pipes in his bedroom. He admitted to using meth but denied dealing it.

Connors initially pleaded not guilty but changed his plea after negotiations with prosecutors.

Mr Le Grand said Connors was a "street level” dealer who had a history of personal drug abuse dating back 10 years.

Connors's lawyer Douglas Wilson said his client had a long-standing drug problem and turned to dealing to fund his habit.

"At the height of his addiction he was using 1g of meth every day,” he said.

Mr Wilson said Connors's partner gave birth to their first child a week ago. He said Connors had support from his wider family and at the golf club where he worked.

Justice David Boddice agreed Connors had a good chance at being rehabilitated due to his youth and the support around him.

He sentenced him to three years jail, to be released on parole on December 15, 2017.

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