People dealing drugs, despair on Sunshine Coast streets
FROM dealers who stole from family members to feed their drug habits to those who wept as they were jailed for their crimes, the Sunshine Coast Daily has ousted a number of convicted suppliers in court.
There were a number of drug busts across the Coast in the past year, with many alleged dealers still facing serious charges in court.
Here are some of the most shocking finalised cases from across the region.
Street-level drug trafficker sent to jail
A "street-level" drug trafficker who once leapt out of a court dock and escaped custody for several hours has been sent back to jail for selling ice.
Bradley James Friedrichs, 26, faced Brisbane Supreme Court in October after pleading guilty to drug trafficking at Kuluin between May and September 2018.
Friedrichs, of Little Mountain, was on parole and wearing an ankle monitor when he supplied methylamphetamine to a customer 14 times over a period of four months in quantities up to 3.5g.
Police discovered Friedrichs' trafficking after they searched a customer's house and found text messages between the two detailing the transactions, a court heard.
Freidrichs was sentenced to three years' jail to be served on top of his previous sentence. He will be eligible for parole on December 11 this year.
Girl screams as mum bashed in drug deal gone wrong
A three-year-old girl screamed as she watched two women bash her mother and a man take to the house with a baseball bat.
Emma Liedeway Cummins, 30 (pictured), and Sharon Maree Divine, 48, were with an unknown man, who was armed with a baseball bat, when they entered the Mooloolah Valley home on May 13, 2018.
Phone records pinned Cummins for what Judge Glen Cash described as a "substantial number of offences" where she was "street dealing".
Last week, Cummins pleaded guilty to 30 charges including 25 counts of supplying a schedule 2 dangerous drug, 1 count of supplying a schedule 1 dangerous drug and assault occasioning bodily harm while armed.
She was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment, to serve five months.
Drug dealer steals from family, elderly, to feed habit
An elderly stranger and family members were not safe from the crimes of a Sunshine Coast drug dealer as he tried to feed his "lifetime" of addiction.
Tyson Douglas Graeme Hall stole more than $11,000 in jewellery, electronics and possessions from his brother-in-law when he broke into his home. Weeks later, Hall and his mother stole an 84-year-old woman's handbag and used her credit card.
Hall's addiction spanned to supply and he was caught selling 20 lots of marijuana to friends at the start of last year.
He was sentenced to 12 months' jail, released on parole the day of his court appearance.
Drug dealer's strange excuse for slip into illegal life
A "sore shoulder" was the excuse a Sunshine Coast man gave police for smoking marijuana despite an array of evidence proving he was a drug dealer.
Police found numerous text messages about drug transactions on Jarryd Jon Althaus's phone when they searched his room in July, all referring to marijuana.
Some of the messages prompted people to discuss deals further on encrypted messaging sites, including Snapchat.
Althaus was sentenced to nine months' jail, wholly suspended for two years.
Jail time for young man caught dealing drugs to mates
A young man who was involved in drugs since he was 13 years old broke down in tears when he was sentenced to serve jail time after trafficking marijuana to his friends.
Matthew Donald Spinks, 22, was overcome with emotion when he was ordered to spend four months in jail for supplying marijuana to a social group of 15-20 people over six to seven months.
Crown prosecutor Christine Wilson said Spinks dealt about 16 transactions a week, mainly via text and made between $600 and $650 per week, totalling to a gross amount of $18,200 in the trafficking period.
Spinks was ordered to serve a two-year jail sentence, with a parole release date of August 8 last year, to "make certain you'll break the cycle".
Drug dealing labourer's pledge to go straight
A convicted drug trafficker has penned a heartfelt letter to a judge expressing his desire to turn his life around.
Jesse Joel Bakhash, 33, pleaded guilty to trafficking and supplying dangerous drugs, as well as other drug-related offences.
Justice Susan Brown said Bakhash's trafficking meant he had encouraged other people to develop the same addiction to ice that he had.
Bakhash was sentenced to three years' jail, to be released after 15 months. He will walk from jail on April 20, 2021.