Man's landlord becomes drug boss in $100,000-plus enterprise
MICHAEL Raymond Bloxsom's tasks were simple - answer the phone, take orders, supply the product and don't get caught.
The 36-year-old Rockhampton man's landlord became his boss when he agreed to assist the street level drug dealer in his $100,000-plus enterprise in September 2012.
But police were targeting the dealer, Steven Robert Dobbs, in an operation focused on drug trafficking and Bloxsom soon found himself under arrest.
Bloxsom fronted the Rockhampton District Court on Friday and pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking cannabis over a one-month period.
Dobbs was sentenced to four years and 10 months, to be suspended after serving eight months, on December 18 last year.
Unlike his housemate, Bloxsom walked free.
Crown prosecutor Susan Hedge told the court Bloxsom was involved in about 18 supplies, valued between $360 and $1800, during Dobbs's seven-month business.
She said this amounted to less than 1.6% of the total turnover.
The court heard Bloxsom did not personally benefit financially but he received some cannabis in return for his help.
Ms Hedge said the defendant was not deterred when police searched the house, continuing to help Dobbs sell the illegal drug.
Defence barrister Jeff Clarke told the court Bloxsom had a good work history before this charge.
He said his client had not re-offended since and did not associate with those people any more.
Judge Nicholas Samios sentenced Bloxsom to 18 months jail with immediate parole.