A Roma father fronted the Roma District Court for his involvement in a major drug network across southwest Queensland.
A Roma father fronted the Roma District Court for his involvement in a major drug network across southwest Queensland.

Roma father sentenced for involvement in major meth supply

A ROMA father who played a part in a major drug network across southwest Queensland, which resulted in 11 people arrested and over 600 charges laid following a 14-month investigation fronted the Roma District Court this week.

Operation Papa Knot, established in March 2017 targeted trafficking and supplying of dangerous drugs, specifically methamphetamine supply in Roma and nearby areas.

Troy Edward Davis, 28, fronted the Roma District Court on Monday, November 30 regarding his involvement in the massive drug bust.

Crown prosecutor Farook Anoozer told the court, Davis was not the main target of the operation, however was actively involved.

“There was no evidence of providing or supplying drugs, but he did take steps,” Mr Anoozer said.

“The targets of the operation were dealt within the Supreme Court.”

Davis pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawfully supplying methamphetamine to another person and one count of possession of a telephone, namely used in supplying dangerous drug.

Brisbane District Court Judge Vicki Loury QC said Davis’ phone was seized in May 2018 and revealed his involvement in three drug supplies.

The crown prosecutor believed a 12-18 month imprisonment sentence was appropriate, but that he be released on immediate parole as he needs supervision due to his drug-related history.

Davis’ solicitor, Steven Kissick said his client is currently drug-free, has formed a new relationship and has a six-week old child.

“He grew up in Roma and was schooled until Grade 9,” Mr Kissick said.

“He worked as a butcher and slaughter man and worked his whole life besides when on meth.

“Now vowed to have a drug-free existence and his plans are to raise his child and continue his relationship.”

Judge Loury QC noticed the defendant’s criminal behaviour mostly occurred in April 2018, except for a common assault charge and breaching bail offence.

“You have a criminal history revealing you commenced using drugs, but about the time of these offences in April 2018, you made a decision to stop using meth and as a consequence you have not committed any further offences,” Judge Loury said.

“You have obtained employment, once again as a butcher and have a 6-week old daughter.”

Davis was given 12-months imprisonment, suspended for an operational period of 18-months.

“You don’t want to end up in jail, you don’t want her (Davis’ child) to have to visit you while in jail,” Judge Loury said.

“You have something worthwhile in your life now, so commit yourself to work and raising your daughter the best way you can.

“Good luck to you Mr Davis, it’s credit you’re not using drugs.”


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