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Three years behind bars for Ipswich businessman

Ipswich music store owner Andrew Craig James Irving, 33, was jailed for three years over drug and weapon offences. Picture: Supplied
Ipswich music store owner Andrew Craig James Irving, 33, was jailed for three years over drug and weapon offences. Picture: Supplied

AN Ipswich businessman with a penchant for meth, coke, cannabis and weapons has been sentenced to three years behind bars.

Andrew Craig James Irving, 33, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the Brisbane Supreme Court to seven offences including producing and possessing dangerous drugs.

The charges stem from a police raid on his Ipswich business, Music Focus, in May, 2013, where they located an Aladdin's cave of drugs, weapons and a basic drug lab.

A further raid on his St Lucia home uncovered more weapons and drugs.

Crown prosecutor Julie Aylward said it was not the first time Irving had been hauled before the courts to face serious drug and weapon offences.

She said he had convictions in 1999, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2012 for similar offences.

"Irving was placed under police surveillance in September, 2012, before they raided his music business in May, 2013," she said.

"During the raid they located 17g of cannabis, 15.456g methamphetamine and 14.7g of cocaine.

"They also discovered a canister containing 100 cannabis seeds, a stolen iPad, rifle with ammunition and a crossbow and arrow."

Ipswich music store owner Andrew Craig James Irving, 33, (left)
Ipswich music store owner Andrew Craig James Irving, 33, (left)

Ms Aylward said drug paraphernalia also located during the raid suggested Irving had been successful in producing a small quantity of meth.

She said Irving also had attempted to grow cannabis but failed.

"The concerning features of this offending is it is extremely similar to previous convictions, especially surrounding dangerous drugs and weapons," she said.

"Of bigger concern is despite being given chances in the past he continued to offend."

Defence barrister Peter Richards said Irving had embarked on a rehabilitation path since his arrest and had the full support of his family in that endeavour.

He said there was no evidence or suggestion Irving's attempts to produce methamphetamine or cannabis were for commercial reasons.

"His history is that of a man who intermittently falls off the wagon and turns to dangerous drugs," he said.

"It was purely to feed his own drug addiction."

Justice Peter Lyons sentenced Irving to three years behind bars and said he could not continue to reject community values if he wanted to continue living within the community in the future.

He ordered Irving be released on parole after serving 12 months of the sentence.

- APN NEWSDESK.

Topics:  court crime drugs ipswich


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