How phone bug brought meth-dealing mechanic undone

POLICE phone intercepts played a part in bringing a meth trafficker to justice, Maryborough Supreme Court has heard.

Bundaberg's Darren Leslie Mulvena, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug when he appeared in court on Thursday.

The court heard Mulvena became the target of a police drug operation when he started supplying meth over a seven-month period.

Mulvena had a "significant customer network" that he would supply to, the court was told.

Police tracked Mulvena's phone for a period of five months, the court was told, before search warrants were executed at homes where he was staying.

Officers uncovered regular drug dealing activity, with at least one transaction a week recorded.

In total, Mulvena was accused of trafficking 21.95 grams of meth.

The court heard he engaged in dealing to make a profit and sold amounts that were capable of being broken down by customers and redistributed.

The court heard large sums of money were also discovered by police during raids, including separate amounts of $3400 and $4000.

Mulvena's mother was in court providing support to her son.

The court heard he had served 146 days in pre-sentence custody, during which he lost his brother to suicide.

He worked hard to improve himself while in prison, the court was told, including completing a course in engineering and a first aid certificate.

He had also taken classes addressing alcohol and drug dependency.

The court heard Mulvena had worked as a mechanic and had a good relationship with his children.

"You don't need to set them the example of using drug," Judge Ann Lyons told the defendant.

Judge Lyons sentenced Mulvena to five years in prison, declaring the 146 days he had spent in jail as time served.

He will be eligible for parole as of January 13.

Mulvena's mother wiped away tears as her son was sentenced.

"2021 is the commencement of a new start, hopefully never to return to custody again," Judge Lyons said.

* If you are in need of support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.



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