Warrnambool ice trafficker, broker, user sentenced to jail

A WARRNAMBOOL ice broker has been jailed for three months after pleading guilty to a range of crimes.

Daniel Jason Byrne, 24, of Fleetwood Court, appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court charged with trafficking and using crystal methamphetamine, breaching an intervention order, making a threat to kill, stalking, using a carriage service to harass and possessing a knife.

Magistrate Peter Mellas said trafficking ice had enormous negative impact on the community and those caught selling the drug had to expect to serve an immediate jail term.

Byrne was jailed for three months and on his release he will have to undertake a nine-month community corrections order, with drug and mental health conditions.

Mr Mellas said that after three months in jail Byrne would be drug free and the CCO aimed to head off a return to using ice.

Police alleged that in September last year officers investigating an unrelated matter discovered that Byrne was trafficking ice to a number of people in Warrnambool.

Byrne was arrested at his home and handed over 57 resealable bags which he said he used to package ice.

He admitted dealing ice during the previous 10 weeks.

The defendant said he spent almost all his fortnightly Centrelink payment on the drug and made weekly trips to Frankston, where he would buy one gram of ice for $400. 

That would be divided into .1 point deal bags. He would then use most of the drugs he bought and sell the rest for $80 a point (10th of a gram).

Byrne said the ice he bought in Melbourne was cheaper and much more pure than what was available in Warrnambool.

He also admitted to being the broker in a number of other ice deals and he carried out transactions on behalf of another trafficker where points were sold for $100.

Byrne said he had made no money from selling ice. 

The breaching intervention order, stalking and threats charges related to sending 60 text messages to a former partner.

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