Big bad Brisbane is where the 'country boy' landed in trouble, the lawyer said.
Big bad Brisbane is where the 'country boy' landed in trouble, the lawyer said. Creative Commons

Country boy's hot drug offer was just hot air

YOUTHFUL bravado, abject stupidity and the city of Brisbane have been blamed for extravagant drug dealing boasts.

Rockhampton-born, Gladstone-raised Cody John Lisle caught the gaze of Fortitude Valley cops when he couldn't walk in a straight line.

Police suspected he might be under the influence of drugs, Brisbane District Court heard on Friday.

Cops searched Lisle's phone and found texts where he offered to sell "ounces of charlie" (cocaine) and other drugs including ecstasy.

But on Friday, the court heard there was no evidence Lisle's entrepreneurial boasts ever amounted to real-life dealing.

Prosecutor Elle Jary said police approached Lisle in July 2016.

Lisle initially denied sending the texts and was not charged right away.

He made admissions later and eventually pleaded guilty to five drug supply charges.

Defence counsel Adrian Braithwaite said Lisle was "effectively a country boy" in the city away from family.

"That's when his trouble started - when he came to Brisbane."

"He was introduced to some recreational drugs. That's how he came to associate with people who moved in that environment."

In a moment of "abject stupidity" Lisle agreed to act as middleman for an unknown person and sell drugs for profit, the court heard.

The court heard Lisle had sought professional help for mental health issues.

Judge Brad Farr said the "foolish" texts amounted to "nothing more than an offer" but still could have landed Lisle in jail.

Lisle had no significant criminal history.

He had family in Gladstone and Yeppoon, some of whom came to to support him.

"You are very fortunate in having a good family background and strong family support," Judge Farr added.

Lisle was a qualified technician and the drug offers were "out of character," the judge said.

"You can go on to lead a socially acceptable, productive and law-abiding life".

He was given 18 months probation and 120 hours' community service. - NewsRegional



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