A TABLE Top man described by a judge as having good character before becoming involved with a drug syndicate was yesterday sentenced to two years’ jail with a minimum term of 12 months.
Jordan Power, 22, was before Judge Martin Blackmore in the District Court at Albury for sentence on charges of supplying drugs on an ongoing basis and two other counts of drug supplying.
The sentence was backdated to cover time Power spent on remand and in drug rehabilitation.
He will be eligible for release on May 13 with a further 12 months on parole.
Power last week told the court how being in custody had helped him kick his drug habit.
He admitted he found it tough going in jail and he saw first hand the effects of drugs on the victims and their families.
Power was part of the syndicate bringing ice to Albury from Sydney for Malcolm Collins.
He made seven trips to Sydney, bringing back a total of 169 grams and was paid in drugs to feed his ice addiction.
Power began using cannabis when aged 17 and his father was diagnosed with cancer.
He met Collins through an associate and progressed to amphetamines, using ice up to five times a week.
“Ice was a new thing for me. I got addicted very quickly,” he said.
“I look back on it and realise it was probably the biggest mistake of my life.”
Judge Blackmore said the seriousness of the offending was obvious with Power supplying 80 grams of ice on one occasion and 70 grams another time.
It involved a large scale drug supply business.
The judge said he had to consider parity with the sentences of the syndicate’s other offenders already dealt with.
“To his credit, the offender has only a minor criminal history,” Judge Blackmore said.
Collins was able to engage Power in his drug network by providing him with drugs for free.
“There is no alternative here than a case of full-time custody,” the judge said.
“The offender had acquired a serious drug habit — he has now completed drug rehabilitation.”