Dealer ‘succumbed to insidious grip’ of meth

HE WAS a brickie’s labourer by day, but after hours, Peter Green had a more sinister occupation: running a drug operation to help fund his habit.

Green, supported by family in Tamworth District Court for sentencing yesterday and dressed in a charcoal suit and tie, was facing 13 offences.

He pleaded guilty to supplying on an ongoing basis, knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime and two counts of possessing an unauthorised firearm.

Arrested in late December, Reid was found with more than 6.5g of methylamphetamine in his Tamworth home where he lived with family, along with 28g of cannabis leaf, a .303 rifle, bolt and magazine, and an unsecured 12-gauge shotgun – both of which Green said he was given by a relative.

“The shotgun was dismantled and not in a functioning state,” Judge Whitford detailed in court.

Green also had more than $3000 stashed away in his home, which he said was his savings.

Judge Whitford said Green “was plainly trafficking” in a “deliberate ongoing nature”.

He said Green’s offending came from his “escalating drug abuse” after he took up methylamphetamines eight months before his arrest.

“[He] appears to have succumbed to the insidious grip of methylamphetamine,” Judge Whit-

ford told the court.

The court had been presented with evidence that Green was a “reliable, honest, diligent employee” and had worked mostly as a brickie’s labourer for much of his adult life.

Judge Whitford said  Green “had learnt a valuable lesson”, had shown remorse and realised the “shame and hurt his actions” had on his family.

He was jailed for two years and five months with 15 months non-parole and will be eligible for release in March.

Nine people have been charged in connection to Strike Force Jenning and one man is already behind bars after being sentenced earlier this year, while another will learn his fate next month.

Two women and three men will fight the charges against them in connection to the drug operation.

They will stand trial on a date to be fixed.

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