THE leader of a widespread Sunshine Coast drug syndicate targeted young people at music festivals and social events during his kingpin reign, a court has heard.
Police arrested Anthony Ganley in February 2010, after a three-month surveillance of an ecstasy, cocaine, cannabis and methamphetamine syndicate on the Coast.
Ganley, of Palmwoods, came before Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to trafficking.
Crown prosecutor Dennis Kinsella said Ganley was the head of the semi-syndicate but another man who was "second rung" to Ganley was in charge of the cannabis sector.
Mr Kinsella said phone intercepts showed Ganley sought to target events young people frequented, including the Big Day Out music festival and Australia Day.
"(He had) a desire to stock up in the view trade would be significant on these events," he said.
The court heard Ganley was caught with 500 pills in January 2010, but continued to head the drug ring when released on bail.
Defence barrister Simone Bain argued her client's trafficking was on the lower end of the scale and the quantities were not far above what street dealers would possess.
"He is not a dealer in drugs who is dealing in large profit margins," she said.
She asked for a seven-year jail sentence for Ganley.
Ganley's father, Wayne, was next in the firing line in the Supreme Court for his "warehouse" role in the syndicate.
The court heard the 57-year-old from Deception Bay safeguarded drugs, including 500 pills, for a month in 2010.
Police also found two rifles in his ceiling, which the father claimed were once his father's and he forgot he had them.
Mr Kinsella said Wayne Ganley encouraged and counselled his son.
"He has a father role and given the circumstances of the enterprise, the type of advice he offered to Anthony is not the kind of advice you would expect in a father-son relationship," he said.
But Justice John Byrne pointed out Anthony was not exactly a juvenile.
Wayne Ganley's barrister Mark McAuley said his client was not a drug addict but began using cannabis when his marriage broke down.
He said he had never used ecstasy and he was not sure what he gained from the drug syndicate.
Mr Mcauley asked for a three-and-a-half-year jail term.
Wayne Ganley's other son, Dwayne, 30, also sat in the dock between his family members as the "go-between" man in the syndicate.
Dwayne Ganley was charged with possessing 160 pills in October 2008, and supplying eight people with drugs six times in 2010.
Anthony Ganley's partner, 24-year-old Gabrielle Costello, sobbed throughout proceedings after she pleaded guilty to six counts of supplying drugs.
The court heard Costello played an administrative role, sometimes answering her partner's phone and co-ordinating supply.
Judge Byrne will sentence the quartet at 10am today.