Jason Ryan in 2011
Jason Ryan in 2011 Allan Reinikka

Drug kingpin abuses Supreme Court judge after sentencing

DRUG kingpin Jason Ryan hurled a tirade of abuse at a Rockhampton Supreme Court judge yesterday after he was sent to jail for 12 years without parole.

His mates and fellow dealers - Benjamin Carey, Darron Smith, Juan Bright and Corie Weldon - were a little more reserved in their reaction when Justice Duncan McMeekin delivered their sentences.

The verdicts hit home when Justice McMeekin delivered his judgment. All five men were shocked and shattered at the lengthy terms they were given.

It was a sharp contrast to the start of yesterday's proceedings, when the five men started chatting and laughing with members from the public gallery while the court waited for Justice McMeekin to enter the Rockhampton Supreme Court room to deliver his judgment.

What they got

  • Jason Robert Ryan: The kingpin of the operation was sent to jail for 12 years without parole
  • Benjamin Francis Carey: Was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment without parole
  • Darron Jayde Smith: Received eight years with a parole eligibility date of November 15, 2015
  • Juan Kevin Lloyd Bright: Was sentenced to six years in prison with a parole release date of November 28, 2015
  • Corie Weldon: Was sentenced to five years with a parole release date of July 15, 2014.

The court this week heard the five men operated a million-plus dollar business dealing dangerous drugs, mostly methamphetamine.

Ryan was noted as the kingpin of the operation.

Justice McMeekin told the court yesterday the five men had weekly rosters using the mobile phone that was used to organise dealings with other people.

All five had pleaded guilty to drug-trafficking.

Crown prosecutor Susan Hedge said Ryan, Carey and Smith organised a rental property in Western St, Rockhampton, to house their overflowing drug supply, which at one point had a street value up to $1.665 million.

It was heard that Bright kept a gun at the house.

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