Drug-dealing barber caught out by texts

Dominic Leslie Hodson was charged with nine counts of supplying drugs.
Dominic Leslie Hodson was charged with nine counts of supplying drugs. Chris Owen

A DRUG-DEALING barber has been busted after incriminating text messages relating to drug sales were found on his phone.

At Ipswich District Court this week, Dominic Leslie Hodson pleaded guilty to nine counts of supplying a dangerous drug and other drug-related charges.

Crown prosecutor Jessica Goldie said Hodson had sold about 100 pills of the party drug known as 2C-B.

The illegal hallucinogenic drug is similar to ecstasy and first surfaced in Australia in the mid-90s.

Ms Golide said police had found text messages on Hodson's phone that related to supplying the drug.

The then 21-year-old had supplied 2C-B to about 10 people during an 18-day period from November 12, 2013.

Ms Goldie said Hodson told police that he had made about $1000 to $1500 from selling the drug.

Defence lawyer Angus Edwards said Hodson had been a "street-level" dealer and never approached people to sell the drugs.

"People were approaching him to buy the 2C-B," Mr Edwards said. "So he wasn't introducing new people to drugs".

Mr Edwards said Hodson, 22, had worked as a barber since 2006 and had a minor criminal history.

In sentencing, Judge William Everson said the court needed to take into account public deterrence.

Hodson was sentenced to three years in prison and released on parole.

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