Man got cocaine with lawyer day of parole

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A Gold Coast dealer had no idea his lawyer's car was bugged by investigators when they stopped to score cocaine the day he got parole on a separate drug matter, a court was told.

Criminal lawyer Campbell MacCallum was the subject of a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation when Craig Mitchell Armstrong faced court in May 2020.

Armstrong received a 20-month sentence and took advantage of immediate parole by organising cocaine "within a matter of hours", the Brisbane Supreme Court was told on Monday.

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to trafficking, drug possession and possessing tainted property.

"You were on your way to the relevant parole office when you agreed to obtain cocaine for your instructing solicitor ... and you discussed other drug matters with your solicitor and how drugs might be obtained," Justice Glenn Martin said.

The transcript of the conversation revealed the deal was made and the drugs were provided, the court was told.

Subsequent investigations uncovered phone records showing Armstrong had been dealing drugs while on bail as well as parole.

He sold drugs on about two dozen other occasions over four months, advertising when he had products to sell and keeping tabs on debts using a tick-sheet, the court was told.

The operation was "reasonably sophisticated" and Armstrong kept relationships with suppliers and sought out new customers, Justice Martin said.

"You used various social media platforms to organise drug transactions and you attempted to avoid detection by deleting messages," he said.

Armstrong received a sentence of four years and six months and is eligible for parole on November 24, 2022.

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