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Sex offender caught dealing drugs on his own CCTV cameras

A CONVICTED sex offender was caught trafficking drugs at his Leichhardt property on the CCTV cameras installed in his house.

Michael Shane Pearce, 46, pleaded guilty to a number of charges including trafficking dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing drug utensils, failing to adhere to his reporting conditions and breaching privacy.

The court heard Pearce ran a cannabis dealing operation out of a house in Leichhardt, selling to an average of nine people every day.

Police searched Pearce's house in September last year.

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They found him attempting to flush cannabis down the toilet.

Police also found more than $2000 cash and 91 bags of cannabis; some of which was labelled with dollar values.

They also found footage from CCTV cameras from the house, which had been installed by Pearce and another resident of the house to keep an eye on the other man's children.

As Pearce had a history of sex offending, the court heard he was in breach of his reporting conditions by not telling police he was living with children.

The footage showed an average of eight to nine people were buying drugs from Pearce every day. Police analysis of Pearce's mobile phone found 47 instances of supplying drugs to others and 11 instances of sourcing drugs to sell.

He was taken into custody the day after the police raid and remained behind bars for nearly a year. He was yesterday sentenced to three years jail, which was suspended immediately with the 327 days spent imprisoned declared time already served.



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