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Maroochydore Court House Stuart Cummming

Drug dealer, 17, had client base of 65 customers

CONVICTED drug dealer Jason Brian Tenardi had a client base of 65 people at the tender age of 17, a court has heard.

Tenardi, now 18, had started dealing marijuana in December 2014 but by July last year he was also selling MDMA and LSD in the Nambour area.

Crown prosecutor Greg Cummings said Tenardi was offering the LSD and MDMA to existing marijuana customers.

"He has engaged in this activity in a fairly business like way," Mr Cummings said.

All up, the enterprise lasted about nine months, including a short pause when Tenardi moved home.

Mr Cummings submitted Tenardi should have served some actual prison time for his crimes.

Defence barrister David Crews said his client had completed his Year 12 studies at Noosa Flexi School.

"His goal for the future is to do a small business course and set up a landscaping business," Mr Crews said.

He said his client had taken on part-time work and was engaged to be married.

Tenardi's fiance was in the public gallery of the court for the sentence.

Mr Crews said the profit his client made was detailed as being $840, but Judge Leanne Clare said she found that difficult to accept.

He said references spoke of Tenardi's commitment to turning his life around.

Judge Clare noted Tenardi had made some admissions to police when he was arrested with marijuana in his possession but had also tried to persuade them he was only selling marijuana.

She noted the times when Tenardi had reached out to his marijuana customers to offer them other drugs.

"It was the conduct of a confident, organised, street-level dealer," Judge Clare said.

She said the evidence from Tenardi's referees suggested he had matured.

Tenardi was sentenced to three years in jail, immediately suspended.

He was also placed on a three-year probation order with a condition that he submit to drug testing and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.