ALBURY drug syndicate mastermind Malcolm John Collins has been sentenced to a maximum of 5½ years' jail.
Collins, 44, previously described by a prosecutor as the “Mr Big” of the ice trade in Albury, was arrested by police in October last year following a three-month covert police operation involving 30,000 telephone intercepts.
Appearing in the District Court at Albury before Judge Stephen Walmsley, Collins was today sentenced to a maximum term of 5½ years' jail with a minimum sentence of two years, nine months.
Previously, barrister Grant Brady had appeared for Collins and suggested a sentence in the vicinity of four years with a minimum term of about 50 per cent.
Collins has been on remand for more than 300 days, has children aged in their 20s and missed the birth of his first grandchild four weeks ago.
He has been back in Junee jail for two weeks, but spent five months in Bathurst jail, two months at Cessnock and six weeks at Silverwater.