Brett Matthew French sentenced by ACT Supreme Court to prison for drug trafficking | The Canberra Times

Brett Matthew French sentenced by ACT Supreme Court to prison for drug trafficking |  The Canberra Times

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A former bike gang president has been jailed for his shed-based drug deal, which also drove his addiction despite being previously punished for a similar offense at the same location. Brett Matthew French, 52, handed down the verdict in the ACT Supreme Court on Friday after pleading guilty to trafficking in methylamphetamine. Legal documents state that on January 4 this year, police searched French’s property in Higgins and found him and three other men whom police did not charge in a backyard shed. In addition to about 200 grams of the drug, police found CCTV installed across the premises, feeding into a screen inside the shed. They also found cash, drugs, chemicals, scales, sealed bags, gloves and French’s phone, which showed he had been involved in drug supply since late December last year. The court heard that he was charged with good behavior in 2019 for similar offenses in the past, including driving while under the influence of drugs and possessing ice on the same Higgins premises. During his sentencing in mid-August, the court heard that French did not make large profits from his trade, but he used it to finance his own addiction and to pay for the cost of living. His criminal history included drug and firearm offenses back to 2009, when he had received orders and / or fines for good behavior. He had told the author of a previous verdict that he was president of a banned motorcycle gang during his membership in 2004-10, and he was burned out after juggling the role of full-time job as a trash can. He also told the author, who said the Frenchman was at high risk of insulting himself again, that he felt relieved when police searched his premises and said “it was a blessing in disguise”. The author said French’s behavior in custody was mixed, which included suspicion of possessing smuggled goods and using stand-over tactics. After providing evidence via video link earlier, French said he had increased his use of ice cream to at least 1 gram a day after his former partner committed suicide. MORE JUSTICE AND CRIME NEWS Chief Justice Helen Murrell had rejected the defense attorney’s claim that a conditional sentence or community-based ruling were options. “Such orders would not provide sufficient deterrence to the perpetrator and fail to adequately protect society from drug trafficking,” Chief Justice Murrell said. “Despite his mature years, the perpetrator has not shown a strong motivation to rehabilitate.” On two occasions he has tried, it has not succeeded. “She said that if he was removed from negative associations and treated his emotional problems, conditions could improve. French’s prison term was reverted to February this year after he was arrested. With a non-parole period of 13 months, he will be eligible for parole in March 2022. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community, so you can continue to access our trusted content:



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