A MAN who was arrested on drug charges as part of Operation Lima Quantity has been sentenced to nine months behind bars.
Jake Aaron Ellis, 24, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Ipswich District Court to three counts of supplying dangerous drugs - namely cannabis and methamphetamines.
The court heard the offences occurred between May 25 and June 7, 2015 at Bellbird Park.
Crown prosecutor Matt Le Grand said Ellis had fronted court on six separate occasions for drug offences.
He said he was currently serving a stint behind bars after he breached his parole in relation to another matter.
"He was sentenced in March, 2014 to three years in jail for robbing a service station while armed with a machete," he said.
"He stole a small sum of money and some chocolates.
"But he committed the current drug offences while on parole for the armed robbery offences, hence why he is currently in custody."
Mr Le Grand said Ellis acted as the middle man in supplying drugs to third parties.
He said he made about $20 profit for each transaction.
"He has a growing criminal history and they are mostly drug related offences," he said.
"Methamphetamine is an insidious drug and its affect on the community and individuals is substantial."
Defence barrister Geoff Seaholme said Ellis initially started using cannabis before turning to ice.
He said he has a small child to a former partner and his current partner is also pregnant.
"His family says if he is released they will make sure there will be no more criminal offending," he said.
"He has the full support of his family and his current partner."
Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren sentenced Ellis to nine months behind bars, wholly suspended for a period of two years.
He told Ellis he needed to sort his life out.
"If you continue to take drugs and associate with people who are involved with drugs then your future will be pretty bleak," he said.
Ellis will be eligible to apply for parole when he has served the remainder of a separate sentence after his parole was revoked last year.
He has already served five months behind bars.
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