Drug trafficker walks into police station with bags of ice

A CONVICTED drug trafficker walked into a police station with six bags of meth hidden on him and a mobile phone detailing drug sales to 17 people.

Nathan Troy Howell, 29, was reporting to police as one of his bail conditions and police searched him after receiving a tip off that he may have drugs.

The New Zealand-born man, who has previously lived in Tweed Heads and worked on the Sunshine Coast, broke down in tears after a judge sentenced him to three years' jail, suspended after serving one year behind bars, for trafficking drugs.

After the judge left the room, Howell sat in the dock leaning forward with his head in his hands while in tears.

Crown prosecutor Jennifer O'Brien said Howell went to the police station to report on bail for other drug matters in January 2014 when police found on him six bags containing crystal meth, also known as ice, with a total weight of 0.311g.

"It was also extremely brazen, if not stupid behaviour, to walk into a police station carrying drugs," she said.

Ms O'Brien said Howell also gave police the pin number for his mobile phone, which is how officers discovered evidence of him supplying ice to about 17 people over five days in Brisbane, Beenleigh and the Gold Coast.

Defence barrister Sarah Thompson said her client had a rough upbringing and had received counselling for about 22 months after he was arrested.

She said Howell started using drugs about six years ago, starting with ecstasy and moved on to using ice on a daily basis.

Justice James Douglas said a jail sentence was necessary because of the number of drug transactions.

He sentenced him to three-and-a-half years' jail, suspended after a year, taking into account two weeks Howell has already served in custody.

He will be on three years' probation once released.

- APN NEWSDESK


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