A DENNINGTON drug dealer shown in a video on his own mobile phone weighing $3500 worth of ‘ice’ he bought has avoided going to jail.
Marcus Landy, 28, of Dennington Rise, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates court to trafficking methamphetamine, possessing ecstasy, using both speed and ecstasy and serious driving offences.
He received a six-month jail sentence, which was suspended for 18 months on the drug charges, and fined $3000 and lost his licence for six months for the driving offences.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Nathan Brown submitted that the only appropriate term for trafficking ice was an immediate term of imprisonment.
Magistrate John Lesser agreed there was no question that ice was a scourge across Victoria and was now receiving the media attention it should.
But, he said that at the time of the offending Landy was at a low ebb and he now had the support of family and friends and good prospects of rehabilitation.
The court heard that police executed a search warrant in Terang on January 4 and found drugs, cash and a firearm which led to the arrest of Jarrod Wynd, who was later jailed for 18 months with nine months to serve.
During investigations into Wynd’s activities police became aware that Landy was an associate and could have been involved in drug dealing.
Officers executed a search warrant at Landy’s Dennington Rise home where they seized a mobile telephone. On the phone police found a video of Landy weighing 3.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine and two photos of Landy with ice, as well as other evidence that Landy had been dealing drugs.
Landy told officers he used and sold methamphetamine in .1 grams lots or half of that. He would buy and supply friends.
Police noted Landy’s answers were vague, although he said he had been dealing as long as he had been using, which was four months since September last year. Landy also admitted using ecstasy.
In sentencing, Mr Lesser noted that Landy’s offending was at a lower level than Wynd’s.
Police also alleged that at 1.48pm on January 13 Landy was driving a blue Holden Commodore west in Warrnambool’s Woodend Road with a 19-year-old woman in the front passenger seat and 15 and 16-year-old boys in the back.
Landy accelerated very hard, spun his tyres and left skid marks which measured 103 metres before he lost control and collided with a brick letterbox before driving off.
Defence counsel Xavier Farrelly said that in the past year his client lost his job, split up with his girlfriend and on AFL grand final day met up with Wynd and other people who used ice.
Landy became a go-between for Wynd and other drug users and used his $6000 tax return to buy the drugs seen in the video.
Mr Farrelly said the police’s evidence was supplied by Landy himself, who did not delete the video or photos from his phone even after learning Wynd had been arrested.