Despite his “heroic efforts” to stay on the straight and narrow, a dealer caught with up to $14,000 worth of drugs while on probation has not been able to escape jail time.

Joshua James Parker, 27, was caught with 9g of ice worth up to $11,000 along with $3000 of ecstasy and $3000 in cash in his backpack when police stopped him on December 8 last year.

The Sunshine Coast man had only been out of jail for five months, after being sentenced to two years’ for drug possession in June last year, when he was caught on Norris Road at Bracken Ridge.

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Parker appeared at Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing dangerous drugs, possessing a knife in public and two summary drug offences.

Joshua James Parker leaves Maroochydore Court House in 2016 after being sentenced for his involvement in the armed robbery of a pizza delivery man at Kuluin in 2014. Photo: Stuart Cumming/ Sunshine Coast Daily
Joshua James Parker leaves Maroochydore Court House in 2016 after being sentenced for his involvement in the armed robbery of a pizza delivery man at Kuluin in 2014. Photo: Stuart Cumming/ Sunshine Coast Daily

The court heard that in 2016 Parker had been jailed for his role in an armed holdup of a Domino’s delivery man at Kuluin.

Parker’s legal team said he had made “very substantial efforts towards rehabilitation” by undertaking counselling and had been off drugs since being granted bail five months ago.

Chief Justice Catherine Holmes said his criminal history and the “commercial element” to his offending made sending Parker back to prison unavoidable.

“You’ve obviously been doing all you can to keep on the straight and narrow and it’s been a heroic effort,” she said.

“The overall seriousness of what you’ve done makes it impossible for me I think to release you today.”

Chief Justice Holmes said she was “genuinely sorry” that he had to go back to custody.

“I am really genuinely sorry that you have to serve some actual custody here but I see no alternative,” she said.

“Please don’t let that term of imprisonment defeat you Mr Parker, you’ve done so well, you just have to get through this.”

Parker was sentenced to three years’ jail, which was increased to take into account the balance of his suspended sentence from June last year.

To acknowledge his rehabilitation efforts, Parker’s parole date was set at January 18, 2021.

Originally published as High praise for dealer’s ‘heroic efforts’ to get clean


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