A MAN caught running a commercial drug distribution business from his West Bathurst home has been sentenced to seven years jail, with a non parole period of four years, eight months.
Aidan John Hartnett, 24, formerly of Pacific Way, pleaded guilty to supplying a prohibited drug, larger or equal to a commercial quantity, in Bathurst Local Court earlier this year.
He appeared before Judge Turnbull in the Bathurst District Court in September where sentencing submissions were heard, and was sentenced in the Downing Centre on Friday.
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A 25 per cent discount was recorded with Hartnett first eligible for parole on November 7, 2022.
Hartnett gave evidence in the Bathurst District Court in September, telling the court he was addicted to the drug ice and using close to one ounce (28 grams) a day.
However, a pre-sentence report handed to the court told a different story; that Hartnett only used the drug on weekends for recreational purposes.
In court, Hartnett clarified his position by saying he started out using the drug on weekends and "it evolved from there".
He said he "eventually supplied the drug because there was enough demand and it needed to be met".
While he admitted he sold the drug for financial gain, he said "his take" on the sale of ice "was minimal".
"I wasn't making much, I was making about $300 an ounce," he said, telling the court he was buying ice for $5200 an ounce and then on-selling it for $5500.
He said the price he paid per ounce depended on the quantity he purchased on the day, saying "if I got more at a time, it was cheaper".
Since his incarceration, Hartnett said his attitude towards drugs had changed.
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