Drug Trafficking for Profit Appeal Against Gaol
Proceeds of Crime, $8000; Drug Trafficking in Cannabis. Melbourne County Court.
The client had been trafficking cannabis, at the rate of approximately three pounds per month for ten months. He was not a drug user himself, and so had undertaken the trafficking for profit only, or as they say, greed, not need. It was a very serious example of drug trafficking.
Initially in the Dandenong Magistrates’ Court the client received a nine month prison sentence. Two months were to have been served immediately with the balance wholly suspended for 12 months. After successfully appealing the sentence at the County Court the client received a wholly suspended sentence for the same period with an operational period of 18 months, meaning he didn’t go to gaol.
The fact that the client was not a drug addict and had engaged in trafficking for motives of profit only aggravated the offending.
However we were able to ensure this fact was balanced against the following:
- the client had a 3 month old child at the time of sentence;
- he was the sole income earner for his family;
- he had worked his entire life and continued to to do so;
- he was very remorseful and
- he had no prior criminal history.
The client had also cooperated with police and made full admissions to the trafficking and the duration of the offending. These points were significant points in mitigation, and helped us to achieve the outcome we did.