Dealer ran business from jail using prison phone, girlfriend
A BRAZEN drug dealer continued his 'stupid' illegal trafficking enterprise behind bars, using a prison phone to urge his girlfriend to collect debts on his behalf and sell more product.
Brodie Zouch Hamilton, 23, and his lover and partner-in-crime Jessica Louise Baker, 27, sat at opposite ends of the dock when they appeared in Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Hamilton pleaded guilty to eight offences including drug trafficking and possession. Baker pleaded guilty to nine charges.
Justice Peter Flanagan sentenced Hamilton to five years in jail with parole after 18 months. With time served, he will be released in late November.
Baker's term of three years was immediately suspended for three years.
In delivering the sentences, Justice Flanagan described how Hamilton was an addict who decided to sell drugs to get rid of his own debt.
Hamilton was selling ice, MDMA and cocaine for six weeks to at least 20 customers before Baker joined his business.
The pair sold the drugs from Baker's house and Hamilton's family home in the Goondiwindi region from December 2015 to May last year.
After he and Baker were netted with nine others during a police operation on May 7, 2016, Hamilton was placed on remand.
Even though he knew the prison phones were monitored, Hamilton called both his mother and Baker to discuss the business.
"You took the risk of further detection and the very stupid course of trying to continue your business in prison," Justice Flanagan told Hamilton during the sentencing.
"You made calls to your mother that things were not getting done while you were in prison.
"You took it upon yourself while you were incarcerated to attempt to continue to traffic drugs - that is serious conduct that requires both personal and general deterrents and it will be reflected in the sentence."
Justice Flanagan said Baker's involvement in the drug trade deepened while her lover was locked up.
"On his instructions from prison you would approach customers via telephone messages seeking to get their debts from them in relation to their purchase of drugs from Hamilton," Justice Flanagan said.
"There are also indications in the phone calls between Hamilton and his mother and Hamilton and yourself that he requested you continue the business by selling drugs."
Justice Flanagan noted Hamilton's criminal history included violence and wilful damage.