JAILED: Jan Douglas Petrie has been jailed after pleading guilty to drug trafficking.
JAILED: Jan Douglas Petrie has been jailed after pleading guilty to drug trafficking. Kevin Farmer

Former footy star turned drug trafficker jailed

A FORMER Darling Downs football star who acted as a "low-level wholesale" drug trafficker around the region for 15 months has been sentenced to jail.

Jan Douglas Petrie, 41, began peddling quantities of methylamphetamine around the region in June, 2014, setting up networks and amassing clients which lasted until August, 2015.

In a five-month period to November 2014 alone, Petrie had made about $80,000 selling the illicit substance to three people in a trade regarded in the Toowoomba Supreme Court as "wholesale trafficking".

Justice Peter Lyons, in sentencing the former football star to jail, said: "Overall, the quantities of drugs in which you dealt in that period are by no means insignificant."

The court heard Petrie sold his assets to buy the drugs after his marriage broke down and followed the death of two close friends in Oakey.

Justice Lyons said that had been to "support your addiction that had grown significantly" by that stage.

The trafficking had stopped by August 2015 but then his behaviour became "erratic" when he was later arrested for breaking into a Toowoomba motorcycle store in January, 2016.

Petrie was sentenced with Sarah Anne Mitchell, 23, who had become involved with the trafficking operation for four months.

Mitchell, who had entered into a relationship with Petrie in April, 2014, had become involved to feed her own methylamphetamine addiction.

"You did not personally profit from the trafficking except to say you received free amphetamine which you used to feed your drug addiction," Justice Lyons said of Mitchell.

"There is no suggestion you had a commercial motivation."

Justice Lyons sentenced the mother-of-two to 12 months probation for the single charge of trafficking dangerous drugs.

Mitchell was convicted but not further punished for the seven counts of supplying methylamphetamines, and the 355 days she had spent in pre-sentence custody was declared as time served.

Petrie was jailed for five years for trafficking dangerous drugs, suspended after 10 months, and was convicted but not further punished for six counts of supplying methylamphetamines.

He was further jailed for 50 days for failing to stop, six months for receiving tainted property, 18 months for entering a dwelling and committing an indictable offence, and 12 months for four counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

The 289 days Petrie spent in pre-sentence custody was ruled as time served.

Justice Lyons ordered the sentences be served concurrently.

Petrie and Mitchell both pleaded guilty to their respective charges.



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