Cannabis trafficker jailed for multi-million dollar trade

The Supreme Court has heard an Ipswich man was selling up to 23 kilograms of cannabis a week before his arrest. Christopher Ronald Cooke, 30, pleaded guilty to trafficking and possessing cannabis. Prosecutor David Nardone told the Court that Cooke bought the drug from a supplier in South Australia for distribution in south east Queensland. The Court heard that while Cooke had started out selling about half a kilogram a week, that increased to between nine and 23 kilograms when he was arrested. Police believe that in 2009, Cooke’s syndicate turned over between $3 million and $10 million worth of cannabis. James Godbolt for Cooke, said his client was a family man and a hard worker. Justice Peter Applegarth said it was unfortunate that someone with Cooke’s background had become involved in the drug trade. He jailed Cooke for seven and a half years with a parole eligibility date after he serves one third of the sentence.

via : abc

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