The upline supplier of a Goulburn-based criminal group has been jailed for multiple offences including possession of a "significant" amount of drugs.
Tori Legend, 25, currently at Long Bay Correctional Centre, was sentenced at Goulburn Local Court on July 15. He pleaded guilty to four charges of supplying a prohibited drug, one charge of possess prohibited drug, possess prohibited weapon without permit, participate in criminal group and contribute to criminal activity, and deal with property proceeds of crime.
Magistrate Geraldine Beattie told the court that two of the charges related to supplying 14 grams of methamphetamine - known as meth - to co-accused Georgina Eve Tsakos, 33, for $4700 to on sell.
She said other charges related to 51 grams of cocaine, 121 grams of MDMA, 80 grams of buprenorphine, $47,426.50 in cash, and knuckledusters found in a safe belonging to Legend.
The magistrate told the court that Legend was part of a criminal group with six other members. She said Legend's "position as upline supplier was quite significant".
Solicitor Matthew Adam told the court Legend was "removed from home at the age of two [and] spent a significant amount of time with different carers".
Mr Adam argued his client was "supplying drugs to feed his significant drug habit".
He argued Legend was at risk of being institutionalised, and sought "special circumstances" to allow his client to enter residential rehabilitation while on parole.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Simon Enderwick argued "the amounts and money can't be explained away to feed a drug habit, it was done for profit".
"The quantities especially in relation to the MDMA are substantial," he said.
The prosecutor urged the magistrate to be "mindful of the harm done to the community by supplying these drugs."
In sentencing, Magistrate Beattie acknowledged "the childhood that [Legend] had wasn't really a childhood at all".
She said he had spent periods living on the street, and had become involved with drugs from a very young age.
"I'm not prepared to make the finding this was purely user dealer, there was profit involved as well," Magistrate Beattie said.
She told the court Legend "benefited from the power involved in engaging in these behaviours."
Legend was sentenced to an aggregate sentence of four years with a non-parole period of two years and six months. The sentence was backdated to the time of arrest in December 2020.
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