A CASH-STRAPPED grandfather turned to drug dealing because he wasn't making enough money on the dole to feed his gambling addiction.
At Ipswich District Court, 65-year-old Peter Joseph Deadman pleaded guilty to producing and trafficking drugs.
From December 31, 2013, to January 1, 2014, the unemployed construction worker grew cannabis at his Riverview property, then sold it once a week at a pub in Ipswich.
When police searched his residence on March 10, 2014, they found 33 marajuana plants and about 500g of cannabis which was drying on a clothesline inside his house.
During the search, the then 64-year-old made admissions to police of his drug trafficking activity.
Crown prosecutor Clare O'Connor said Deadman told police he'd sold about 50 one-once bags of cannabis during his period of drug-dealing.
His illegal endeavours made him an estimated profit of $9000.
Deadman said he turned to drug dealing because it was easy money and he wasn't earning enough on the dole.
He would visit The Commercial Hotel in Redbank once a week and sold his weed to random people he came into contact with.
Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Deadman had developed a serious gambling addiction which fueled his need to earn money.
Mr Fairclough said his client estimated he had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on gambling.
"The money earned from his drug-dealing was essentially to pay for his gambling habit," Mr Fairclough said. "He certainly wasn't living the high life from it."
Mr Fairclough said Deadman had been assisting the community through his volunteer work at Meals on Wheels.
Judge Sarah Bradley said people who trafficked cannabis usually went to jail.
She said she would give Deadman some leniency because without his admissions to police he may never have been charged for trafficking.
Judge Bradley also noted that Deadman had no previous criminal convctions.
"Your production of the cannabis was on a small scale but it still was for a commercial purpose," she told him.
Deadman was convicted and sentenced to 30 months in jail and released on immediate parole.
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