Drug dealer dodges jail for marijuana enterprise
A DRUG dealer who effectively dobbed himself in to police has avoided jail for his four-year enterprise.
Andrew Noel Hensleigh Norris, 52, pleaded guilty in Maroochydore District Court last month to growing and trafficking marijuana at his Conondale property.
Judge Gary Long heard the facts of the case as well as Norris's defence before he adjourned to consider whether or not Norris would serve actual prison time for the crime.
He gave his decision on Friday, two-and-a-half weeks after the initial adjournment.
Crown prosecutor Michael Gawrych last month said police found 130 plants, a hydroponic growing set-up and a small grow house during a search in August last year.
Mr Gawrych said Norris cooperated with officers, telling them he had been selling the drug to a group of three or four people for the previous four years.
He said Norris was making about $300 a week from cash sales, which the Crown submitted had earned Norris between $62,400 and $124,800 over the four years.
Mr Gawrych conceded that without Norris's frank admissions, the Crown would not have been able to proceed on the trafficking charge.
Defence barrister Simon Lewis said his client had been a heavy user of marijuana but had submitted eight clean drug screens since July.
Mr Lewis said Norris had also sought treatment with a psychologist.
Judge Long sentenced Norris to four years in jail immediately suspended.
He was also placed on a two-year probation order.