Police chase down man selling cannabis from his home
A MAN with a drug addiction spanning three decades led police on a chase through his backyard when he was caught selling cannabis on his Bundaberg property.
Mark James Mason was in his garage on November 1, 2011, dealing cannabis to another man, when police raided his property.
Crown Prosecutor Carson Lloyd told the Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday that Mason spotted police and jumped out a window and fled across his backyard.
Police gave chase and managed to tackle the 47-year-old to the ground.
Mr Lloyd said Mason continued to struggle against police as they handcuffed him.
Mason has pleaded guilty to trafficking cannabis in Bundaberg between August and November 2011, and possessing methamphetamine and a water pipe for smoking cannabis.
His sentencing hearing began on Tuesday but was adjourned until Friday.
The court heard police saw Mason drop a container containing 21 small clip seal plastic bags with white powder inside.
During an interview, Mason told police he sold cannabis to friends and family but claimed the 21 small bags of methamphetamine were his.
Mr Lloyd said Mason told police he sold cannabis to fund his own methamphetamine habit.
Mason claimed he divided the methamphetamine into separate bags to regulate his daily drug use.
"It appears he did have a significant habit at the time (of his arrest)," Mr Lloyd said.
"His appearance was consistent with that of a drug user."
The court heard Mason first came before the courts on drug charges when he was 17.
Mason admitted to selling a stick - or two grams of cannabis - at a time each day for between two to three months.
Mr Lloyd said the trafficking was at the lower end of the scale.
Defence barrister Jakub Lodziak said Mason hoped to return to Bundaberg to live with his brother and continue receiving the disability support pension.
But Justice George Fryberg was concerned about setting Mason up to fail.
"I am very concerned that releasing this man in the community without any plan to stick to...would be a recipe for disaster," he said.
Justice Fryberg adjourned the sentencing until Friday.