A 32-year-old Castletown man has received a suspended jail sentence and a community based order after police found him in possession of 50 grams of cannabis packaged for sale.
Michael John O'Sullivan pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to sell or supply, to possessing drug paraphernalia and possessing stolen or unlawfully obtained property in Esperance Magistrates Court on Tuesday, July 9.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Carolyn Petersen told the court that on March 31, upon searching O'Sullivan's residence in Castletown, police uncovered 50 grams of cannabis prepared for sale, $1350 in cash, cannabis seeds, digital scales and a number of smoking implements.
"These are significant actions and it's a significant amount [of cannabis]," snr Constable Petersen said.
"The $1350 in cash equates to the sale of approximately 94 to 95 grams of cannabis.
"This appears to have been an escalation of offending."
The offender's lawyer said her client had been approached by a friend to offload the cannabis in exchange for the drug, which he admitted to taking for anger issues, and said O'Sullivan wanted to better himself.
Magistrate Adam Hills-Wright said he did not accept the decision to partake in the offloading of the drugs was a sudden one and a message needed to be sent to those facilitating the sale of drugs.
"This sort of thing requires planning and discussion," Magistrate Hills-Wright said.
"You have a criminal history, and a relevant one. Prior ways of dealing with you have not been successful.
"You are facilitating the sale of drugs and these drugs getting out into the community.
"This does harm and has a ripple effect.
"A message has got to be sent to others in this community that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated."
O'Sullivan was sentenced to six months and one day imprisonment, which was suspended for nine months, and must complete a nine-month community based order.