Reformed drug abuser hopes to leave drug trade behind

A REFORMED drug abuser will take a sea change once released from jail and leave the toxic trade he was heavily involved in behind.

Paul Matthew Beasley was on bail when police raided a unit he was in and found 10grams of methamphetamine.

Despite police finding the drugs in the heavy drug user's location and next to a wallet he carried, Beasley tried to argue that did not mean the drugs were his.

But that argument did not convince a jury last month, which found him guilty of drug related offences, including possession.

Supreme Court Justice Anthe Philippides sentenced Beasley on Thursday to two years in jail but made him eligible for parole next May.

The court heard police raided Beasley's girlfriend's East Brisbane unit on May 31 last year.

Beasley claimed he did not live in that unit but in Wacol.

Crown Prosecutor Danny Boyle said Beasley was on bail for methamphetamine production when he was charged for offences resulting from the raid.

Mr Boyle argued against a May, 2014, parole release date due to Beasley's criminal history.

"His history and lack of remorse shows he is undeserving of any further leniency," he said.

Defence barrister Simone Bain said her client had been a very heavy drug user over the years.

She said Beasley planned to move to Mission Beach once released from jail.

"...away from the drug scene and drug trade," she said.

Topics:  drug offences drug raid methamphetamine

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