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Key drug figure in jail

A key player in a Geelong amphetamine ring was yesterday jailed for three-and-a-half years.
Scott Thomas Sheppard, 41, of Geelong West, pleaded guilty in the County Court to two counts of trafficking a drug of dependence, and counts of possessing a drug of dependence and possessing proceeds of crime.
In sentencing, Judge Geoffrey Chettle said Sheppard manufactured and supplied amphetamine to drug dealers between November 2006 and February 2007.
He said police began investigating a sophisticated, Geelong-based drug ring in late 2006, targeting Sheppard after learning he had bought drug-making equipment on the internet.
Police listening devices and intercepts on a mobile phone owned by Sheppard indicated he was trafficking drugs.
In one conversation he agreed to buy 140 packets of pseudoephedrine tablets for $8000.
During the investigation, one of Sheppard's key dealers sold two grams of amphetamine to undercover police in Geelong West in early 2007.
Sheppard was also seen dealing drugs in the inner-city suburb, the court heard.
Judge Chettle said investigators later raided a house in Martin St, Thomson, where Sheppard was found in a rear shed trying to destroy evidence, including glass vessels used to make amphetamine.
Police then searched his Nichol St home in Geelong West, finding more drug paraphernalia and $4600 cash.
He was arrested in March 2007, when found carrying foil packets of amphetamine for personal use.
Judge Chettle said Sheppard "ran foul" of a Geelong motorcycle gang and was subjected to physical abuse and harassment after a court convicted him of possessing child pornography in April 2005. Sheppard was again jailed in December last year for firearm and drug crimes, for which he is serving a minimum six-month sentence.
Judge Chettle said Sheppard had been in protective custody because of his child porn conviction, and also noted the man's troubled background.
"You fail to appreciate the tragic consequences of drugs in the community these courts so often see," he said.
Sheppard will serve a minimum of two years and three months for the drug crimes.


See also - http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2008/06/12/14987_news_pf.html

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