Jail term for trafficking coke
Dunsborough man Caley Samson Brent-White has been sentenced to four years in prison for drug trafficking and fined $1000 for cultivating a prohibited plant.
Bunbury District Court was told on Monday that Brent-White’s Quindalup residence was searched on January 23 during a drug bust that uncovered 41 MDA tablets, 133.32g of cocaine, four cannabis plants, scales and a mixing agent.
During the months between his arrest and sentencing, Brent-White was bailed for $50,000 and spent the time undergoing drug counselling for his “significant cocaine habit” which was estimated at “6g per week.”
“The fact that you were selling to support your own habit doesn’t excuse your criminality,” District Court Judge Bruce Goetze said.
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Before sentencing, Judge Goetze received more than 30 references from people close to Brent-White, including several prominent figures in the Dunsborough and Yallingup community.
A psychological report prepared for the court described the 37-year-old as “indicative of one with a strong sense of self-importance and entitlement”.
Judge Goetze was adamant the sentence should send a strong message to the defendant and the community.
“The report also indicates that you are remorseful, and that you are articulate about your positive future plans, and that you want to use this horrendous experience as a positive help for others in the long term,” Judge Goetze said.
Hence the sentence was not “crushing” and Brent-White had the ability to rehabilitate his drug habit in custody. Due to an early guilty plea, a maximum reduction of 25 per cent was subtracted from Brent-White’s sentencing.
Judge Goetze said the objective was to “not destroy any expectation you might have of leading a useful life after release”.
Brent-White will be eligible for parole in two years.
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