CHARGED: young father taken away in handcuffs for drug charges.
CHARGED: young father taken away in handcuffs for drug charges. TAHLIA STEHBENS

Community meth supplier jailed

HANDING a cigarette to his lawyer as he left the Dalby courthouse, Mike Anthony Lengua, 28, was taken into custody by officers for peddling harmful drugs throughout the community.

The father of four shed tears as Judge Dennis Lynch sentenced him to 18months' imprisonment, to be released on parole after six months.

Dalby District Court heard Lengua pleaded guilty to 15 counts of supplying dangerous drugs, one count of possessing anything used in connection with the supply of a dangerous drug and one count of possessing items attained from drug supply.

Police conducted a search of Lengua's property between June 3-11, 2018, where a phone containing text messages in relation to the supply of methylamphetamine and marijuana was seized.

Police also found mountain bikes, watches, jewellery and other items gained in exchange for drugs, along with pipes, scales and a grinder with marijuana residue.

Crown prosecutor JF O'Brien said Lengua made "frank admissions” to police following the search warrant, and supplied the drugs to "feed his own habit and help other people”.

The judge reprimanded Lengua for the harm he had inflicted on Dalby residents.

"Methylamphetamine is a drug that does enormous damage to the community.

"You've done little to deal with that problem before appearing here today.”

Judge Lynch questioned Lengua's ability to parent given his drug addiction.

"If you want to be a good father and a decent role model ... it's going to be up to you do deal with that problem.”

Lengua's release date is set for November 6.