Jason Bruce Gilham pleaded guilty to trafficking and possessing marijuana in the District Court in Mackay.
Jason Bruce Gilham pleaded guilty to trafficking and possessing marijuana in the District Court in Mackay. Contributed

Scuba diver turned to trafficking marijuana

AFTER a man's career as a scuba diving instructor ended, he turned to dealing drugs.

Jason Bruce Gilham, 34, pleaded guilty in the District Court in Mackay this morning to trafficking marijuana from November 2, 2014 to May 29, 2015 in Jubilee Pocket.

Gilham also pleaded guilty to possessing marijuana, a mobile phone used for trafficking and a waterpipe and scissors.

Judge Deborah Richards said over the six-month period, Gilham had bought 58 ounces of marijuana and on-sold about 24 ounces, the latter worth $7200 to $9600.

She said he had had 17 clients.

Defence barrister Scott McLennan said Gilham had been "passionate" about scuba diving, and had spent seven years training and studying to be an instructor.

He said in 2009, Gilham had undergone open heart surgery to treat a cardiac condition. He was told he could no longer dive.

Mr McLennan said that year Gilham's marriage had fallen apart and he had started smoking marijuana regularly.

He said any profits from the trafficking had gone to his own drug consumption and living costs.

Mr McLennan said that since his arrest Gilham had a new job, had stopped smoking marijuana and had been declared fit to dive again.

Judge Richards said Gilham was now employed and a "valuable employee".

She said it wouldn't do "anyone any good" for Gilham to serve time in prison.

He was sentenced to two years with immediate parole.


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