How this nifty kitchen staple nabbed a drug dealer
A CONVICTED drug trafficker reckons showing the cops his breadbox was good reason to slice six months of his sentence.
Bradley Joseph Bull on Wednesday appealed his 18-month jail term for dealing drugs in the Mackay region from December 2014 to September 2015.
Mr Bull's barrister Douglas Wilson told the Court of Appeal in Brisbane that his client deserved to be released after 12 months because an admission he made during a police raid gave cops evidence his crimes were worse than they originally suspected.
Mr Wilson said Bull told officers to look in his breadbox.
Inside they found three notebooks with drug deal information, 300 clip seal bags, two sets of scales, a number of pipes and a broken phone.
Mr Wilson argued Bull's "spontaneous unguarded comment" about the breadbox was worth a six-month prison term reduction because it had helped in the administration of justice.
"This admission during the execution of the search warrant extended the period of his crimes by six or seven months," Mr Wilson said.
During their search of Bull's home, officers also found an iPad containing information on 26 customers who owed the crook about $46,000.
Despite evidence showing he was selling up $4000 in drugs a day, Bull tried to convince police that he was a "user" not a trafficker.
The court disagreed, with Justice Philip Morrison noting police would have looked in the bread box without Bull telling them to.
Justice Morrison said Bull boasted to the police that they were "two days late" when they arrived at his home for the drug search.
"He said he was 15 steps ahead of the police," Justice Morrison said.
"During the search he told police that he did not have a phone and that was a lie.
"He said that he did not deal in methamphetamine and that was a lie.
"He said everything they found was for his own use.
"He denied supplying methamphetamine and tried to say references to this drug (in his notebooks) were only about marijuana."
"There was also no evidence he ceased to use dangerous drugs - there were no (urine) tests to support this."
The appeal was thrown out.