POLICE found a 17-year-old was trafficking drugs when he was pulled over at Maroochydore with 484g of marijuana and 30 LSD tabs in his car.
Maroochydore District Court heard the teenager, now 18, told police on June 30 last year that the drugs were for personal use, but a search of his phone found otherwise.
Crown prosecutor Will Slack said messages revealed the teen had been trafficking in marijuana for nine months, selling the drug on 98 occasions to at least 22 customers.
“He sold in, what are commonly described as, personal-use quantities. However, he also sold in ounce and larger quantities on seven occasions throughout that trafficking period and he also sold on credit on occasions,” Mr Slack said.
“It should also be noted that he bought in bulk and sold in smaller quantities.
“Although the Crown alleges he did this to make a profit, there is no evidence as to the quantity of money that he made, if any, and there is also no evidence of unexplained wealth or anything of that nature.”
Mr Slack said the teenager showed “little insight” into his actions.
“ … as he thinks cannabis should be legal and fails to see the seriousness of these offences,” Mr Slack said.
“It is questionable whether the remorse indicated is really true remorse, your honour.”
At Maroochydore District Court today, the teen confirmed his guilty plea to trafficking marijuana, possessing marijuana, and possessing LSD.
He also pleaded guilty to the summary offences of possessing a mobile phone used in connection with a drug offence, and possessing a pipe.
Defence barrister John Jacob said his client had a good upbringing but started to hang around with a “poor peer group” at age 14.
The court heard the teen moved in with an older friend and grew dependant on daily marijuana use.
Mr Jacob said the teenager felt important being able to supply drugs to his friends.
Judge Glen Cash said if the teenager had committed the offences when he was adult, he would “more likely than not” have been sentenced to actual jail time.
“You seem to hold a view that cannabis should be legal. If that is a view that you genuinely hold, then you can approach the reform of the law in a manner which is constructive,” Mr Cash told the teenager.
“Sitting around getting stoned and selling to friends obviously is not a useful way to protest, what you might perceive to be, a law that needs to be changed.”
The teenager was given two years’ probation and 100 hours of community service.
No convictions were recorded.