Drug dealer pushes for lighter sentence

A ROCKHAMPTON man jailed for his involvement in a million-dollar drug ring is fighting his sentence.

Benjamin Francis Carey is serving a sentence of 11 years and five months for trafficking drugs, including methamphetamine.

His lawyers argued for an application for leave to appeal against Carey's sentence in the Court of Appeal in Brisbane on Friday.

Carey pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in the Supreme Court in Rockhampton.

During his sentencing in 2013 the court heard he and his fellow dealers used a rental property at Western St, Rockhampton, to house the drugs, which at one point had a street value of up to $1.665 million.

The men had weekly rosters using a mobile phone to organise dealings with other people.

The mastermind behind the ring, Jason Robert Ryan, was jailed for 12 years without parole for his role.

Carey's lawyers argued that his level of criminality was not as extreme as Ryan's, yet their sentences were about a year apart.

The Court of Appeal reserved its judgment.


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