Former Sunshine Coast meth trafficker escapes more jail time

A FORMER Sunshine Coast man has escaped spending more time behind bars after he was sentenced for trafficking meth to 15 people.

Alex Martin, 26, faced Brisbane Supreme Court on a string of charges including trafficking dangerous drugs, supplying drugs, breaking and entering and stealing and several other offences.

The court heard he sold meth to 15 customers over about two months, broke into stores in Kawana and Noosa and stole cash. He was found sleeping in a car and meth and a crossbow were found in his possession.

Justice Peter Applegarth said Martin, who was born in Western Australia and now lives at Capalaba in Brisbane's south, had taken steps to rehabilitate himself.

Justice Applegarth also said Martin had family support and had received an employment offer.

Martin had already served about eight months in jail before he was released on bail and Justice Applegarth said he could send him back to jail to finish a full year behind bars.

But because Martin had rid himself of drugs, he decided to sentence him to community service.

Martin was sentenced to a total three years jail, suspended after serving eight months, which he had already spent in pre-sentence custody.

He was also placed on a probation order and was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.

- APN NEWSDESK


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