Martin Cason once held up a sign beside the Nicklin Way to help him find a job.
Martin Cason once held up a sign beside the Nicklin Way to help him find a job. Kari Bourne

Drug supplier gets 4.5 years for flagrant breaches

A DRUG trafficker jailed for five years for his connections to two primary police targets in a multi-million dollar drug syndicate bust has been caught supplying methylamphetamine - again.

Martin Anthony Cason, 31, was caught up in police operation Hotel Guarana raids in 2010, having trafficked speed and ecstasy for more than seven months.

The court heard he had been selling 50-70 pills a week for $25 each and also sold up to an eight-ball (up to 3g) of speed a week.

His five-year sentence for that offending was suspended after he served 16 months.

Brisbane Supreme Court heard on Thursday that Cason was charged with supplying 40 ecstasy tablets worth about $800 and half a gram of ice after he was released.

He was caught with 3.5g of pure methylamphetamine, also known as ice, and less than a gram of MDMA.

Then, while he was on bail for those charges, he was caught possessing and supplying the drugs yet again.

Cason was also dealt with in the magistrates court twice this year for a host of other low-level offences.

All of those offences breached the suspended jail sentence he received in 2011.

In sentencing Cason for the more recent charges yesterday, Justice Jean Dalton was considering activating the entire three years and eight months remaining on that sentence.

She said there was no evidence Cason had made serious attempts at rehabilitation from drug addiction and told him it was time to consider whether he wanted to keep cycling in and out of jail.

"It's quite a flagrant, brazen breach of that suspended sentence," she said.

"It was clear the person you supplied was on-selling those drugs ... so that makes the offending more serious."

Justice Dalton sentenced Cason to three years jail for the recent offending and activated 11/2 years of the suspended sentence to be served cumulatively.

This means the jail sentence is 4.5 years but he will be eligible to apply for parole after he has served 18 months behind bars.

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