Dealer caught in act makes 'complete' turnaround
UNIVERSITY student Jacob Isaac Sydney Silvester has been warned of the potentially life-ruining consequences of his former drug dealing enterprise.
The 21-year-old dropped a clip seal bag containing 16 MDMA pills on the ground at a Brisbane music festival when approached by police on October 4, 2015.
Maroochydore District Court heard on Monday the officers' attention had been drawn by Silvester's drug deal interaction with another man.
They searched him and found another clip seal bag containing 3.67g of cocaine.
Of that, 0.606g was pure.
Silvester then admitted to selling another man 12 or 13 MDMA pills on the Sunshine Coast earlier that morning.
Police searched his phone, which revealed conversations about two other drug deals on June 27, 2015.
Silvester was supported by his mother in the public gallery on Monday as Judge John Robertson heard of the efforts he had made to turn his life around.
A letter written by Silvester's mum was tendered on his behalf.
Defence barrister Geoffrey Seaholme said his client had completed one year of a bachelor degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast and was enrolled to continue his studies.
Mr Seaholme said Silvester had also returned negative results on drug analysis sampling.
"The material provides further positive evidence of the complete change in his attitude," Mr Seaholme said.
Judge Robertson noted Silvester had been supplying drugs to friends and friends of friends.
He said like many other young people, Silvester had not appreciated how "very serious" the offending was and the potential it had to ruin his life.
But he noted the changes he had made.
"Since you were charged with these offences you have very significantly taken steps to rehabilitate and get your life on a firm footing," Judge Robertson said.
Silvester was placed on a two-year probation order and ordered to perform 240 hours of community service.
No conviction was recorded.