LAWN mower Leon Gary Cremor's doomed foray into the underworld began when he decided to cut a different kind of grass.
He would go on to traffic almost $2million of marijuana, meth, ecstasy and cocaine across the Whitsundays region.
Brisbane Supreme Court heard on Tuesday Cremor had a clean record until he took a chance and agreed to distribute more than $150,000 worth of marijuana between Mackay and Airlie Beach in the early 2000s.
He was caught and given a lenient sentence. But it didn't end there.
By 2015, Cremor was at the top of the Whitsundays drug trade.
He regularly sourced drugs from a Gold Coast supplier who would send couriers to Mackay where he would pick up the packages and on-sell daily to his "extensive network” of customers.
One of those customers was an undercover police officer.
Secret recordings of Cremor's phone calls revealed he had supplied 36 ounces of meth, 150 pounds of cannabis, 3700 ecstasy "bricks” and about 30g of cocaine with an estimated street value of up to $1.8million.
A major Queensland police operation ended his reign as the region's drug boss and exposed a lucrative wider drug ring.
Cremor claimed needed the money to fund his own addiction to prescription medication and supplement the income he received from his mowing business and homewares store he owned with his partner.
He said his profit from the drug business was only about $60,000 and most of the funds went to funding his own addiction.
But the court heard Cremor had still found the cash for a $20,000 pair of diamond earrings, several high-end watches, a motorbike, a Segway and a luxury holiday to Bora Bora.
Following his arrest, Cremor served nine months on remand but was eventually released on strict bail conditions to his parents Rockhampton cattle station which doubled as a residential rehabilitation centre.
Justice Glenn Martin said clear drug screens showed Cremor was determined to rehabilitate but did not take away from the seriousness of his offending.
Cremor was sentenced to six years in jail.
He will be eligible for parole in April 2019.
- ARM NEWSDESK
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