Off the drug roundabout and back to his family

ALBURY man John Parker has been on a drug “roundabout” since his teenage years and could best be described as a low-level street dealer, a court has been told.

Parker had been using multiple illicit substances since he was 13.

Earlier this year, he supplied drugs and prescription medication to support his own drug habit.

But his activities were being monitored by police through his telephone.

Parker, 34, of Cahill Place, was arrested in late January and appeared for sentencing in Albury Local Court on eight drug supply matters.

Solicitor Andrea MacDonald said Parker was a long-term drug user who was not motivated to attend rehabilitation.

Ms MacDonald said he agreed to supply to afford his own personal use.

She said Parker had made no application for bail since his arrest and had now served a long period on remand.

“He wants to go to Queensland and be with his family,” she said.

Magistrate Tony Murray convicted Parker.

He imposed a 14-month jail term, with a minimum period of seven months which was backdated to January 29 and expires today.