"Steak" new marijuana in Rocky man's drug enterprise

FORGET the shrimp.

When Steven Robert Dobbs puts on a barbecue it's marijuana on the menu.

The 56-year-old Rockhampton man used code words like steak and rump in his $100,000-plus drug enterprise, a court has heard.

He pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court yesterday to one count of trafficking a dangerous drug between March and October last year.

Crown prosecutor Susan Hedge said Dobbs was targeted during a police operation.

Ms Hedge said police listened in on Dobbs' phone calls and set up surveillance outside his house.

She said a number of his customers were intercepted leaving the house with marijuana.

The court heard Dobbs had three suppliers, a driver who would deliver the drug on occasions and at least 44 customers.

Ms Hedge said the defendant used code words when discussing his business.

A "rump" equalled one ounce of cannabis, a "carcass" was one pound of the drug, Dobbs was the "butcher" and when he "put on a barbecue" it meant he had product to sell.

Defence barrister Tom Polley said his client was a butcher by trade prior to his offending.

Dobbs, who has spent the last 14 months in custody, thanked the police for sending him to jail.

"I didn't realise until I was in there what I was missing out on," he said.

He was sentenced to four years and 10 months imprisonment, to be suspended after serving a further eight months.

MEAT MEANINGS

  • Rump = one ounce of marijuana
  • Carcass = one pound
  • Butcher = drug dealer
  • Barbecue = product available

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