Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Drug Debt Decline; Man Lost Tow-Truck, Had Death Threats and Ended in Jail after Spiralling into Trafficking

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Drug Debt Decline; Man Lost Tow-Truck, Had Death Threats and Ended in Jail after Spiralling into Trafficking

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Byline: Ava Benny-Morrison

A CABOOLTURE fruit picker bit off more than he could chew when he tried to juggle selling drugs with a speed addiction.

Michael Robert Hurley spiralled into unmanageable debt when his tow-truck was repossessed before 2011.

The Dalby-born and raised 30-year-old had acquired a daily speed habit and racked up a $14,000 drug debt.

He began selling drugs as a way to pay off his debt.

In the Supreme Court in Brisbane yesterday, Hurley pleaded guilty to multiple drug charges, including trafficking and possession.

The court heard Hurley's drug-selling venture came undone on July 20, 2011 when he was pulled over by police in Charleville in a car with methamphetamine, a small amount of cannabis, scales and $2950 in cash.

Hurley told police the drugs were all his and was later released on bail.

A month later, on August 15, 2011 he was pulled over by police again at Boondall, north of Brisbane.

Police found 1. …

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