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Police bugs lead to jail for Yandina trafficker

A YANDINA man, busted after police bugged his home and tapped his phone, has been sentenced to four years jail for trafficking and possessing drugs.

Paul Jeffrey Lansdowne, 58, will have his sentence suspended after two years but it's unlikely the New Zealand citizen will be deported from Australia.

Lansdowne, who was a drug user at the time of the offences, facilitated the trafficking of others, acting as a driver and odd jobs man for dealer Michael Smith and another dealer.

A Brisbane Supreme Court jury acquitted him of possessing a sum of money obtained from trafficking.

Lansdowne's mobile phones and home were tapped and bugged as part of a police operation targeting him.

By listening to his conversations and intercepting text messages, police were able to make tactical intercepts.

In one intercept, Smith was found with $14,900 intended to be given to Lansdowne to pay a drug supplier.

A forensic analysis of Lansdowne's finances uncovered about $14,000 in "unsourced income" between February 2013 and April 2013 - money it's alleged he made selling drugs.

He was found to have bought a car just after this time for $12,000 and paid for it in cash.

When sentencing him, Justice Debra Mullins took into account 37 days he spent in solitary confinement between December 2013 and January 2014 after breaching bail.

During his solitary confinement he was only allowed out of the cell for one hour a day.

The court heard it was this period of deprivation that helped Lansdowne shake his methamphetamine habit. - ARM NEWSDESK



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