Trafficker loses 40kg and cops light stretch

A 21-YEAR-OLD Emerald man has been let off lightly after appearing in Rockhampton Supreme Court on drug trafficking charges yesterday.

Tane Stuart Mattson pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking dangerous drugs, one possession of an item obtained from trafficking and one of stealing. The offences were committed between July, 2009, and July, 2010.

He was sentenced to three years prison, eligible for parole in six months.

Crown prosecutor Michael Cowen told the court police conducted an operation in December 2009 targeting drugs, and it was through telephone conversations and text message interceptions that Mattson became a person of interest.

Police intercepted Mattson and searched his Oxley Crt residence on July 5, 2010, finding 10 suspicious tablets and $2500 cash in bundles in his car.

Mattson confessed he had been dealing for 12 months, sourcing four to eight ounces of cannabis a fortnight for 15-20 clients.

He also admitted to buying 200 ecstasy tablets on credit, selling 140 and giving 60 back. The second time he got 50, and sold all but 10 he kept for himself. Mattson was also caught with three mobile phones used to set up deals, and a laptop stolen during an office burglary.

Justice Duncan McMeekin was impressed Mattson had stopped his association with all links to drugs, lost 40kg in weight and got a full-time job at a mine since being arrested.

"It's fair to say the case against you could not have been made (so strong) without your co-operation," Justice McMeekin said, adding Mattson was 21, and at the "threshold of his life".

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