Dealer sold ice to colleagues 'so they would work better'
A DRUG dealer claims he sold ice to his colleagues to "improve" their on-the-job performance and that he sold cocaine to his boss for his work's Christmas party.
Mitchell Gavin Patrick Vansleve on Wednesday pleaded guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court to eight drug trafficking, supply and possession charges.
Urging the 23-year-old Caloundra man turn away from "the very evil business of drug trafficking", Justice Martin Daubney sentenced him to 27 months in jail.
Having spent the past eight months in prison on earlier drug charges, Vansleve will be eligible to apply for parole in May.
Crown prosecutor Clare O'Connor said the latest offences happened on the Sunshine Coast from October 2015 to February 2016.
Ms O'Connor said Vansleve came to police attention when they were investigating a local drug ring.
She told the court officers found phone messages indicating Vansleve sold about $19,000 worth of drugs, with most of the sales being methamphetamine.
When police searched his house they found some marijuana and a utensil.
Ms O'Connor said Vansleve initially lied to police, claiming he only bought drugs for his own use.
He later changed his story, saying he was selling methamphetamine to his colleagues so they would perform better at work.
Vansleve also said he sold about 14g of cocaine to his boss who he said wanted to have it at the work Christmas party, the court heard.
Justice Daubney told Vansleve that since he started offending in 2012, he had been given "many opportunities" to clean up his act.
"You can have all the sermons from me or anyone else, but if you don't decide what your priorities will be then you may as well as get used to living at Wacol in a cell," Justice Daubney said.
"It's one thing to be a drug user, but its another to be the person distributing that rubbish through the community - you are part of the evil drug industry." - NewsRegional