Riley Jack Hole, 19, pleaded guilty at court on Friday to possessing and supplying dangerous drugs.
Riley Jack Hole, 19, pleaded guilty at court on Friday to possessing and supplying dangerous drugs.

Undercover cop catches teen drug dealer in risky game

A TEENAGE drug dealer caught selling gear to an undercover police officer dabbled in a "dangerous game" when he swapped out drugs for salt and asked for hundreds of dollars.

Riley Jack Hole, 19, had slipped into a "downward spiral" having started using drugs at 16 before police busted him dealing, a court has heard.

Police prosecutor Phillip Stephens said an undercover police officer who was part of a sophisticated drug operation posed as a partygoer at former The Helm nightclub looking for drugs in June last year.

About 11pm Hole got word of the request, introduced himself to the detective and offered him drugs for $40.

On August 19 last year, the police officer organised to meet-up with Hole again through Snapchat at a location in Buderim.

Hole handed over a bag of "drugs" to the officer and charged him $300.

Later tests of the drugs showed Hole had sold the officer salt instead.

Police searched Hole's home on August 25 and found a small amount of marijuana, scales and a grinder, and charged the Warana man.

Hole's parents were in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Friday to support him when he pleaded guilty to supplying, attempting to supply and possessing dangerous drugs.

Defence lawyer Anna Smith said her client "stopped caring" after issues at school but was determined to prove he was off the drugs.

Ms Smith said Hole completed 28 appointments with a drug counsellor and his last two drug tests were clean.

She said "desperation" led Hole to sell the salt as he was homeless and struggling with money.

"He put himself at risk," she said.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin agreed, saying he was getting involved in a dark world.

"This is a dangerous game that you're dabbling in," she said.

"Just the word supply sends shivers up the spine of the court system."

Ms Baldwin hoped Hole would "see sense" on his 15 months' probation, which included drug testing. He was also ordered to complete 60 hours community service. No convictions were recorded.