A 35-year-old man who became embroiled in a "vicious cycle" racking up debts after police foiled his drug operation will spend at least two years in jail.
Jason Atkins used and sold the drug MDA at a street and wholesale level for about 20 months, making at least $200,000 profit, a Brisbane court heard on Thursday.
Most of the money was made over 13 months from August 2016.
But in September 2017, he sold about 3000 pills to an undercover officer.
He lost more of his stock when police seized 25,000 MDA pills during a search of a house where Atkins stored drugs in November 2017.
With his business in jeopardy, Atkins became engaged in a vicious cycle, selling drugs to pay debts to suppliers, Brisbane Supreme Court Justice Helen Bowskill said.
"You were unable to meet the debts you had and that caused you significant concern," Justice Bowskill told Atkins during the sentencing.
He chased money owed to him and sold jewellery bought with the proceeds of his trafficking.
Justice Bowskill said Atkins had committed a serious offence that had a maximum penalty of 25 years' imprisonment.
She told Atkins she cringed when she heard the term "party drug", which is used for MDA (or 3,4-Methylene dioxy amphetamine).
"It might seem fun at some point in people's lives, but we see day in and day out in this court the misery and destruction that is caused by the presence of drugs like these and the impact that they have, especially on young people, is appalling," she added.
Atkins was handed a seven-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to trafficking.
Judge Bowskill ordered he be eligible for parole after serving two years in custody.