Ex-private schoolboy’s $8K-a-week cocaine habit revealed
An ex-private schoolboy at a prestigious Brisbane college trafficked an extraordinary amount of cannabis, MDMA, cocaine and prescription medication to support his $8000-a-week coke addiction, a court has heard.
Tallebudgera man Anthony Patrick Dolan, 25, a former Villanova College Coorparoo student, pleaded guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday to 23 offences.
They included trafficking in dangerous drugs, 15 counts of supplying dangerous drugs, possessing more than 200g of MDMA, possessing more than 2g of cocaine, possessing more than 8kg of cannabis, and possessing prescription medication Diazepam and Alprazolam.
Dolan was arrested and charged following the execution of a police search warrant on his former Carina residence on April 5, 2019.
Police uncovered about 205g of pure MDMA in 350g of substance; 12g of pure cocaine in 40g of substance; eight-and-a-half kilograms of cannabis and hundreds of seeds; a pair of nunchucks; digital scales; $4000 cash and multiples cartons of prescription drugs.
Analysis of Dolan's mobile phone revealed 15 drug transactions to nine customers over the previous six days, the court heard.
Dolan made extensive admissions to police: he told them he consumed an ounce of cocaine per week, which he purchased for $8000; he had consumed about a gram-and-a-half of cocaine the night prior; he had been trafficking in cannabis for about a year to support his habit; and that he had been trafficking in Schedule 1 drugs for about two months.
He said he sold cannabis by the pound; MDMA by the ounce; and cocaine by the gram, although he didn't sell much cocaine because he was using it all himself.
Defence counsel Anthony Kimmins told the court his client had been clean from drugs since his arrest and had multiple clean screens to prove it.
He said his client was a qualified electrician who lost his job in early 2018 due to a diagnosis of epilepsy, which prevented him from driving to job sites.
Mr Kimmins further submitted his client had suffered from extra-curial punishment via a November 2020 home invasion at the hands of people chasing a drug debt in which he suffered extensive injuries including an amputated toe.
He noted his client had already spent about a month remanded in pre-sentence custody and was currently working as a metal fabricator, a role which will be available to him upon his release from custody.
Justice Peter Callaghan sentenced Dolan to five years' imprisonment, suspended after one year, for a period of five years.
He also placed Dolan on three years' probation.
Originally published as Ex-private schoolboy's $8K-a-week cocaine habit revealed