Eli Waters man, 58, jailed over meth deal
A 58-YEAR-old will spend seven months behind bars after a jury found him guilty of supplying methylamphetamine to one of the Fraser Coast's biggest drug dealers.
James Cecil Norman Campbell of Eli Waters has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, with parole after seven, on one count of supplying dangerous drugs.
He was found not guilty on a second count.
The Maryborough District Court heard Campbell, known locally as Jimmy, was charged after a police operation targeting organised crime in Hervey Bay in 2010.
Crown prosecutor Clare Kelly told the court Campbell came to the attention of police when they intercepted phone calls between him and drug dealer Constandinos Vasilios Dacolias.
She said the pair arranged to meet on two occasions so Dacolias could pick up packages of methamphetamines, which were then sold directly to an undercover police officer.
However, the jury only found Campbell guilty of supplying meth to Dacolias on one occasion.
Throughout the trial Campbell maintained innocence and when he took to the witness stand he told the court the only contact he had with Dacolias was to do with $10,000 he had loaned him.
Dacolias, 50, was jailed earlier this year for eight years for drug trafficking.
The court heard he would boast to his connections that he controlled 90% of the drug trade in Hervey Bay.