A HODGSON Vale father of two who had given up drugs after being arrested for trafficking meth and marijuana almost two years ago, hugged his teary wife goodbye before he was led out of the courtroom to the cells.
Ashley Wayne Heit was sentenced at Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday for trafficking drugs about 57 times during a six-month period.
The 33-year-old carpenter was also charged with possessing about 2.7kg of marijuana and about 425g of meth that discovered when they searched his property.
Defence barrister Ruth O'Gorman said Heit trafficked drugs to fund his own drug addiction.
She said her client started smoking marijuana when he was 15 years old and in the year before his arrest he regularly smoked about 56g of marijuana a week.
But the day he was arrested in 2013 was "a turning point in his life", Ms O'Gorman said.
"He says that his wife had repeatedly asked him to stop his drug use prior to then but could not hear her or listen to her because of the extent of his drug addiction," she said.
But after he was arrested and his wife told him about the detrimental effect it was having on their family, he stopped.
The court heard that since his arrest Heit had undergone counselling and regular drug testing to show he was clean and had distanced himself from other drug users.
She said her client's rehabilitation and guilty plea showed he was remorseful.
Justice Peter Lyons said Heit had about 15 customers he sold drugs to and the sales ranged from wholesale amounts, including about 1.3kg of marijuana in one sale, to smaller quantities destined for personal use.
Justice Lyons sentenced Heit to a total five years in jail, suspended after serving a year behind bars. - APN NEWSDESK
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