Drug man’s pokies binges

An East Devonport man spent drug trafficking profits on a $500-600 per week pokies habit and more drugs, a court heard.

Jackson Phillip Bissett’s home was searched by police on February 24, the Supreme Court, in Burnie, was told on Thursday.

Police found esctasy, cannabis and digital scales, crown prosecutor Jennifer Slevin told Justice Michael Brett.

Bissett, now 20, admitted to police he used cannabis every day and sometimes ecstasy.

He told police he sold cannabis the day before the search.

Text messages found on his phone included evidence of cannabis and ecstasy sales, Justice Brett was told.

Bissett admitted selling both drugs.

He told police he would spend the profits on pokies and “other things I don’t need”.

Bissett pleaded guilty to trafficking.

Defence counsel Kirsten Abercromby said Bissett started using cannabis aged 18, and started using ecstasy shortly afterwards.

He started selling when his own habit grew, Ms Abercromby said.

Bissett had said he saw little in the way of profit and he would use the proceeds to buy more drugs and gamble.

Ms Abercromby said Bissett was now working, was no longer interested in gambling and saw now what a waste of money it was.

Bissett saw gambling as “a bit of a novelty” when he was 18, she said, but found it was a very difficult habit to break.

He came to the attention of police late in 2015 when four people with a firearm allegedly broke into his bedroom via a window.

Police noticed drug-related items when they went to the house.

Ms Abercromby said Bissett instructed her the home invasion was terrifying, and his first contact with the courts had been a “sobering experience”.

Justice Brett bailed Bissett to next appear on November 29 for sentencing.

Justice Brett said he was yet to make up his mind about what the sentence would be.

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