Paul Stainer is taken into custody in Caloundra in April 2009.
Paul Stainer is taken into custody in Caloundra in April 2009.

Jail time for $8m drug trafficker

ONE of the Sunshine Coast's biggest drug traffickers, who turned over $6 million to $8 million in 10 years, has been jailed for 11 years.

Paul Cameron Stainer, 39, made an estimated $1.16 million profit selling speed between 1999 and 2009, mostly from his house in Regent St at Caloundra.

Police seized three houses, a car, about $40,000 cash and jewellery as proceeds of his drug trafficking. They found 52.62g of speed during a raid in April, 2009.

Stainer pleaded guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday to running a speed trafficking business for a decade.

Crown prosecutor Megan Heywood said Stainer had a professional business, with strict rules, built around avoiding detection.

She said he only dealt drugs from his Caloundra home which had a brick wall, security gate, intercom system and security cameras.

Ms Heywood said Stainer did not have a tick sheet because he would not allow people to purchase drugs on credit or pay with goods, only accepting cash sales.

She said he used multiple mobile phones, used different people's names and used false names.

"He was always cautious and skilled in not discussing drugs in phone conversations to avoid detection," she said.

"He had a set price list. He operated his business seven days a week.

"He said he had a few weeks here and there where he had breaks."

Ms Heywood said he allegedly purchased one pound of speed from William Barker, who is also charged with drug trafficking, for $50,000 in the early 2000s.

She said he started selling pot in the early '90s and moved to speed, of which he was a user himself."

Ms Heywood said he sold four to eight ounces of speed a week in the years prior to his arrest.

She said Stainer was making $700 profit per ounce per week.

"He sold an average of two ounces a week from 1999 to 2005. From 2005 to 2009 he estimated five ounces a week at that profit margin," she said.

"This was a well-established and extensive trafficking operation. He had a commercial motivation."

Ms Heywood said she would have asked for 16 years jail but because of Stainer's co-operation with police, she asked for 12 years.

Barrister Angus Edwards told the court his client had been prepared to give evidence to the courts about his co-accused but he had received serious threats and had to withdraw.

He said his client had to enter a witness protection program at one stage and would be constantly looking over his shoulder in custody.

Mr Edwards said his client, who had now gone cold turkey, had an escalation in speed use himself after two tragic family events.

He said a brother died from an anaphylactic reaction to a bite and a sister committed suicide with a gun.

Acting Justice Julie Dick sentenced Stainer to 11 years jail.

"Your business was how you earned a living," she said.

"You were careful, you were highly intelligent about how you conducted it.

"You have to be quite deliberate and determined to break the law for this period of time and you were."