Mackay man pleads guilty to trafficking dangerous drugs

A MACKAY man who sold more than 10kg (23 pounds) of marijuana to between 100 and 200 clients was receiving up to 50 calls a week for it.

Peter Alan Thomas Allingham, 54, pleaded guilty in the District Court in Mackay yesterday to trafficking dangerous drugs and five summary charges, including possessing property related to drugs.

Crown prosecutor Matthew Hynes told the court that on March 14, 2013, police searched Allingham's South Mackay home and found 123g of cannabis, $7710 in cash, clip-seal bags, a grinder and a water pipe.

Mr Hynes said Allingham was "candid and frank" with police, admitting that he had been selling cannabis since November, 2011, and had a client base of up to 200 people.

Allingham told police he was addicted to using cannabis, saying he had been caught "red-handed".

Defence barrister Bronwyn Hartigan said her client lived with his elderly parents and cared for them.

Allingham had stopped his drug use and had become a meaningful member of society since the offending, she said.

In sentencing, Judge Brian Harrison took into account Allingham's honesty with police, saying the size of the trafficking operation was only determined because of his admissions.

He sentenced Allingham to three years in prison, suspended after eight months and operational for three years.

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