Drug kingpin loses appeal

A SUNSHINE Coast drug kingpin jailed for trafficking methamphetamine across the region has lost his bid to appeal his sentence.

Dion Robert Parker, 41, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court earlier this year to drug trafficking and was subsequently jailed for eight years.

He was also declared a serious violent offender, meaning he would have to serve 80% of the sentence before being eligible to apply for parole.

The court heard Parker trafficked the deadly drug between November 2011 and July 2012.

He used people he had previously met in jail to distribute the drug across the Sunshine Coast and to Gympie and Cairns.

The arrest of Parker, and three other men, followed a lengthy joint Australian Federal Police and Queensland Police investigation.

Parker applied to appeal his sentence in the Queensland Court of Appeal on the grounds it was manifestly excessive and that the judge erred in exercising his discretion.

The state's highest court disagreed.

The court found none of the proposed grounds of appeal could succeed, so therefore dismissed Parker's application. - APN NEWSDESK.


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