Undercover officer paid $32,000 for ecstasy pills

A DRUG dealer whose only customer was an undercover police officer has been sentenced to five years jail.

Michael John Tyson, 54, pleaded guilty to trafficking drugs, three counts of supplying ecstasy pills, possessing drugs and possessing a weapon yesterday in the Supreme Court in Mackay.

Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips said the undercover officer had met Tyson through his then partner, Melinda Ann Slingsby, who was sentenced in the Supreme Court last month for selling synthetic drugs from her Mackay sex shop.

On March 29 last year, Tyson had met the officer and gave him a sample of 10 pills in exchange for $200.

On April 2 last year, Tyson had sold him 1011 pills for $16,000. On May 12, the pair had met and the officer had purchased 990 pills for the same price.

Mr Phillips said Tyson, who worked in mining, had told the officer he'd had a $55,000 pay cut and decided to engage in "naughty stuff" to supplement his wage.

Police had raided Tyson's Beaconsfield home on June 16 last year and found knuckle dusters, cannabis, LSD and a pipe used for smoking drugs.

Defence barrister JohnJacob said Tyson had become involved in the drug scene through his partner, Slingsby. Prior to that his drug involvement had been limited to self-medicating for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma by smoking marijuana.

Mr Jacob said he had only sold drugs after the undercover officer had asked Slingsby to supply 1000 pills and said the request had "created a market". Tyson had made a total of $4000 and had acted "opportunistically".

He said the search of Tyson's home had revealed no other customers or sales.

Justice Duncan McMeekin accepted that Tyson didn't intend to expand the business, but said the amounts of drugs involved had been significant. He said the guilty plea had come late, as the matter had been due to go to trial yesterday.

Tyson's five-year term will be suspended after 20 months. He's already spent 405 days in custody.

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