A MAN with dozens of ecstasy tablets stopped by police will spend nine months behind bars.
Darren Nicholas Kean, 44, was sentenced by Tamworth District Court but has already spent about two months in prison following his arrest back in November 2011.
At the time of his arrest, police seized 62 ecstasy tablets as well as cash.
He pleaded guilty to supplying a prohibited drug before the case was headed for trial.
Crown prosecutor Mark Ferguson said Kean was supplying the drugs because of the evidence police had discovered, as well as suspicious phone records.
“Plastic bags ... and the money in his wallet ... $1250,” Mr Ferguson told the court.
“It’s more than just possession. He bought a hundred tablets.”
Mr Ferguson said Kean was “substantially en- gaged in the traffic of those pills.”
“A phone with dodgy subscriber details ... referring to deals that have been done.”
Defence Barrister Richard Wilson said it was a borderline case.
“Suspicious text messages relate to a period of three days only,” he told the court.
“18.06g ... well short of the commercial quantity.
“Clearly with the intention of selling some ... not all of them.”
Mr Wilson argued his client had a problem with cannabis.
“He’s selling one drug to buy another,” he said.
“His problem is cannabis ... he’s caught with ecstasy.”
Judge Toner accepted Kean was supplying the drug.
“I think he was substantially involved in a relatively small operation,” Judge Toner said.
“He was a user-dealer.”
Judge Toner said the crime was a relatively minor rendition of its type.
“He was substantially involved in trafficking,” he said.
“The 44-year-old man has had an ongoing battle with drugs, namely cannabis.”
Judge Toner sentenced Kean to 12 months in prison with nine months non-parole, taking into account the two months which has already been served, for supplying a prohibited drug.
He was convicted without further penalty of dealing with the proceeds of crime .
Kean blew a kiss and waved to his family who were seated in the court before he was taken away by Corrective Services’ officers.
He’ll be eligible for parole in April next year.