Sinister 'syndicate' threat: Pay us or end up in river
THREATS from a 'syndicate' were blamed for a man selling drugs within months of his release from jail.
Marc Henry, 31, was jailed for drug trafficking after a Mackay court appearance in 2014.
On Wednesday, Brisbane Supreme Court heard drug suppliers contacted Henry after his July 2016 parole release.
Defence counsel Angus Edwards said suppliers told Henry he owed $60,000.
Henry apparently disputed this debt but was warned "He'd end up in the river" if he didn't comply.
"They'd go for him and his family," Mr Edwards added.
The court heard Henry was promised $5000 of debt would be forgiven each time he held a big drug stash for suppliers.
One day in Brisbane, police intercepted an Uber car in which Henry was a passenger.
Cops found 474.26g of a crystalline substance. It contained about 323.5g of pure methamphetamine.
Justice Martin Daubney said the meth's street value was about $166,000.
"That's a lot," he told Henry.
"Today's not just about you. Today is about the people in this community whose lives are being ruined by methamphetamine use, and their families."
Henry should have told authorities about the threats, Justice Daubney said, instead of going back to the drug business.
Police seized four mobile phones and two $50 notes as well.
Justice Daubney said mitigating factors included Henry's guilty plea, and a letter he wrote taking full responsibility for his offending.
The judge was also impressed with several of Henry's supporters coming to court on Wednesday.
He said Henry was lucky to have a loving family and partner.
The court heard Henry previously worked at a mine but lost his job there after a failed drug test.
"You were lured into the evil business of drug trafficking," the judge added.
The court was told Henry was now drug-free and wanted to stay that way.
Henry had work experience as a fencer and stockman and aimed to get a legitimate job on his release, the court heard.
For supplying drugs, Henry was jailed for five years.
He can apply for parole on December 18, 2019. -NewsRegional