Dealer caught with $30k of drugs after crashing car

IT WASN'T the first time Benjamin Hugo Bradbury had crashed his car.

Nor was it the first time he had driven it while intoxicated.

But this time the drug dealer on wheels lost more than $30,000 worth of his illicit cargo when he crashed into a fence at Buderim.

And his criminal history and his "appalling" traffic history - including six drink-driving, five disqualified driving and two unlicensed driving offences - caught up with him.

Bradbury, 33, pleaded guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday to possessing cocaine, MDMA, marijuana and methylamphetamines as well as other drug-related and traffic offending.

Police found just under an ounce of cocaine at 55.5% purity worth about $12,000, 33g of MDMA with 61% purity worth about $7000, 450g of marijuana worth about $11,000 and a small amount of methylamphetamine powder.

Officers also found $1200 cash obtained from supplying drugs, clip seal bags, empty capsules, two digital scales, three mobile phones and several tick sheets used to record debts and sales.

One tick sheet had 35 names and a diary had five names with amounts ranging from $7000 to $50. Another document with eight names had the figure $48,900 against one of them.

Crown prosecutor Sarah Klemm told the court how mobile phone texts also revealed Bradbury's "high level of commerciality".

She said two months before this incident, Bradbury had crashed into a parked car while high on methylamphetamines and marijuana.

The 33-year-old, who has been behind bars since that crash on July 25 last year, has been jailed for three years and nine months but his sentence will be suspended on November 4 this year to account for time served.

Justice Jean Dalton told Bradbury he should use the next month to think long and hard about the future of his family.

She said given his dysfunctional family life growing up in NSW, it was a credit to him that he had qualifications in concreting and had lined up work on his release.

The court heard Bradbury's mother was a missing person. A coronial inquest in 2012 found she was probably dead.

Justice Dalton said it was time for Bradbury to break his family's cycle of drug addiction.

"It's clear you had really lost control of yourself and your life because you were so much in the grip of illicit drugs," she said.

"Despite all that instability in your childhood you have formed a 15-year de facto relationship. You have three sons.

"You need to think about how damaging your mother's conduct was to you ... and think about your sons.

"I think a father is more important in the life of his sons than anyone else.

"You need to think 'How can I stop passing this on from generation to generation, how I can behave so it's not my sons standing up in front of a judge in 20 years time'.

"That's really got to be in the forefront of your mind."

Justice Dalton ordered Bradbury to serve three years probation including regular psychologist sessions on his release.

She told him that if he re-offended, he would not find a lenient judge again.

Defence barrister Damien Gates said his client's children were aged 11, nine and three, with two suffering from conditions requiring extra care.

He said Bradbury had a "lack of capacity to resist drug use" but realised he had to remove himself from bad influences.

Bradbury also pleaded guilty to 17 summary offences including three counts of failing to stop his vehicle when directed; three counts of unlicensed driving; failing to provide a specimen to police; and drink-driving among them.

In one instance, police engaged lights and sirens when they saw Bradbury on his mobile phone but he drove through a red light to get away from them.

ARM NEWSDESK



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