Abel was sentenced at Brisbane Supreme Court, where a judge complimented his supportive family.
Abel was sentenced at Brisbane Supreme Court, where a judge complimented his supportive family. John Weekes

Put family first so we don't meet again, judge tells dealer

THE "lovely family” of a drug dealer might inspire him to get on the right track -but first he must serve jail time.

Sunshine Coast man Joshua Simon Abel was busted three times in 16 months for drug-related offences.

Cocaine, knuckle dusters and ecstasy were found at various times in Abel's possession.

In April 2016, cops found four clipseal bags with allegedly commercial-level drug contents including ice, and Abel was charged.

Another time, police found drugs on a coffee table.

The third bust happened on August 24, 2017 at Buddina when cops again found Abel with drug-related items at a house.

A small amount of cocaine was found, as was $2450 cash and a baton.

Abel, then 32, refused to give police his phone PIN when asked.

Because of that he was charged with contravening an order about information necessary to access information stored electronically.

He'd been locked up since August and was sentenced on Monday at Brisbane Supreme Court.

Justice Ann Lyons accepted Abel had been a drug user and had made early pleas.

Several people were in court to support Abel.

He was given five years jail, with 165 days in custody counting as time served.

He can apply for parole on April 23 next year.

"I hope that we don't see you again,” Justice Lyons said.

"I'm sure you'll turn your attention to your lovely family and you'll get back to gainful employment.” -NewsRegional


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