Judge hopes drug user learns lesson

THERE was nothing sweet about the jail sentence dealt out to a sugar mill worker in the Supreme Court in Rockhampton yesterday.

Michael Alan O'Hanlon, 29, pleaded guilty to possessing .377g of methamphetamine and 12 bags of cannabis, along with a summary offence of possessing money obtained in the commission of a crime.

Crown Prosecutor David Morters said police found the drugs and $2900 in his Emerald home with his co-operation when they executed a search warrant on June 10, 2010.

Justice Duncan McMeekin said O'Hanlon committed four previous drug offences, including one in November 2010 after his June drug charges.

O'Hanlon's defence barrister, Phillip Moore, said his client, a former chef, had moved to Proserpine to get away from the "drug culture".

Since moving away O'Hanlon had stopped taking drugs, Mr Moore said.

During sentencing Justice McMeekin told O'Hanlon "You'll be spending more time in jail if you don't learn your lesson".

He was sentenced to 12 months in jail, with a parole release date of January 20, 2012.

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