Man walks into police station and admits to drug trafficking
A MAN who walked into Caloundra police station and admitted he sold up to $100,000 worth of meth over nearly four years to people across the region is facing a significant stretch behind bars.
But the man will have to wait a few more days until he learns how long his honesty has cost him in the way of his freedom.
Nathan Lucas Suleman, 23, pleaded guilty earlier this year to drug trafficking and possession after admitting to police he had been selling drugs on a regular basis between February 2010 and October 2013.
Brisbane Supreme Court heard on Monday during his sentencing hearing that Suleman decided to confess to police in 2013 about his crimes because he felt guilty about what he was doing and wanted to stop.
Crown prosecutor Josh Hanna said Suleman's offending would not have come to light had he not walked into the police station and confessed to his crimes.
He said during the subsequent police interview Suleman admitted he had made about $50,000 profit from selling drugs, but would have made more had he not been a user himself.
"The offending only became known to police due to his own admissions which is to his credit," he said.
"He walked into a police station and asked to speak with an officer about a drug raid which had occurred months earlier.
"He told police the bag containing 21.17g of pure meth officers located during the raid was actually his and he did not want someone else being blamed for his actions."
Mr Hanna said Suleman told police he had dropped the bag off at his friend's place after he had earlier picked up the drugs from his supplier in Nambour.
He said Suleman told police he left his friend's house for a short while, but when he returned he saw police cars outside the house and decided to flee because he had been using drugs himself that day.
Defence barrister Catherine Cuthbert said Suleman had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after witnessing his older brother and two friends fall from a cliff to their deaths.
She said Suleman's offending started after meeting several of his brother's friends at his wake.
"The psychologist noted the untreated PTSD was due to witnessing this shocking event which led to dependency and use of illicit drugs," she said.
"But he has to be given credit because he walked into a police station and admitted his crimes because he felt guilty and wanted to change.
"He knows he is facing a custodial sentence, but he just wants to serve his time and then get on with his life."
Justice Ann Lyons adjourned the sentencing until this Thursday so 20 other minor and unrelated charges Suleman is facing can be dealt with at the same time.
Justice Lyons said she had to deal with the matter this way because she also had to consider various periods of time already served behind bars which are both declarable and not declarable when handing down her eventual sentence.