Drug dealer walks free after 261 days in custody

A MAN who was caught with a large amount of meth and cannabis following a police search of his car has escaped serving more time behind bars.

Brett William Zischke, 41, pleaded guilty on Monday in Ipswich District Court to seven offences including supplying and possessing dangerous drugs.

He also pleaded guilty to another seven minor offences including possessing drug paraphernalia.

The court heard the offences took place after police pulled Zischke's vehicle over in North Ipswich for an unrelated matter.

Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso told the court a subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered 5.892g of meth, drug paraphernalia and $1095 cash.

She said police also located a mobile phone.

"Several text messages were uncovered where he had organised to supply cannabis to a third person," she said.

"The Crown says there was a level of commerciality to his offending given the way clip-seal bags containing cannabis and meth were found in his backpack."

Ms Kelso said police also executed a search warrant at Zischke's home where more drugs were uncovered.

She said police located 7.280g of meth and 4g of cannabis during the raid.

Defence barrister Michael Nicolson said Zischke had since moved away from Ipswich and was living in Bribie Island.

He said he established a solar panel cleaning business and was now drug free.

"He underwent a drug test last week and the results came back as being clean," he said.

"He has taken some positive steps to disassociate himself with his old lifestyle."

Judge Greg Koppenol sentenced Zischke to two-and-a-half-years behind bars but ordered he be released on immediate parole after taking into account the 261 days he had already served in pre-sentence custody.


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