Drug dealer sold cannabis and meth in 'crime spree'

JUSTIN Alex Cook will spend the next few months behind bars after a six month "crime spree" which included him selling drugs on six occasions.

The 32-year-old man pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay District Court to six counts of supplying drugs and 28 other charges including stealing and possession of drugs.

The spree occurred between March and October last year and saw Cook steal from Hervey Bay shops on five occasions.

He was also found with small amounts of methyl amphetamine and cannabis on six occasions.

Crown prosecutor Matthew Hynes said the worst of the offending was the six times Cook supplied or attempted to supply drugs.

Mr Hynes said police seized a mobile phone in October when Cook was arrested with drug possession.

A search of that phone found six text messages from Cook saying he would supply or attempt to supply people with drugs including cannabis, methyl amphetamine and ecstasy.

The amounts Cook offered to supply were small and included a "shard" of ice and $50 worth of cannabis.

Mr Hynes said on the five occasions Cook was found to be stealing, Cook took small amounts of goods with a combined value of less than $1000.

Defence barrister Paul Rutledge said Cook had previously been addicted to drugs but had managed to kick the habit after his son was born about ten years ago.

Mr Rutledge said after Cook lost custody of his son in 2014, he had savings stolen, leaving him penniless.

"That causes him to be kicked out of his unit," Mr Rutledge said.

"Then, in his words, 'he loses the plot'."

Cook was then left homeless at times and turned to drugs.

"He started low level drug dealing to support his habit," he said.

Mr Rutledge said Cook, who has been in custody since October, had managed to kick his drug habit.

He said Cook was also working to retain custody of his son once he left prison.

Judge Helen Bowskill said the offences were low level but there were a significant number of them over the six months.

Ms Bowskill sentenced Cook so a head sentence of 18 months with a parole release date of June 12 this year.


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