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Last updated 12:09 15/06/2013

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A "busy" Palmerston North drug dealer has been jailed for supplying methamphetamine and cannabis, thwarting his plans to return to Fiji.

Between November 2011 and February last year, Isaiah Taukave McGoon, 41, used his cellphone to arrange deals before delivering the drugs on demand.

On 110 occasions, he supplied methamphetamine to unknown clients - a total of 11.65 grams, worth $11,650.

He also made 70 cannabis deals, selling tinnies and measured amounts of the drug.

On top of that, McGoon offered to sell methamphetamine on 30 occasions and cannabis 40 times.

McGoon admitted one charge each of supplying methamphetamine, offering to supply the drug, supplying cannabis and offering to supply it.

In the Palmerston North District Court yesterday, he was given a prison sentence of two years and 10 months.

"You were, there's no doubt, a busy street-level drug dealer," Judge Mike Behrens told McGoon.

"There was, I think, significant planning involved which adds to the seriousness of what you did."

The judge shaved time off McGoon's sentence for his guilty pleas, remorse and time spent on electronically monitored bail.

However, he ruled out home detention, which had been suggested by defence lawyer Simon Hewson.

"One of the purposes of this sentence is to make others who might think of going into the drug-dealing business realise the consequences of doing so," Judge Behrens said.

Mr Hewson said McGoon had turned his life around and had completed an alcohol and drug rehabilitation programme.

McGoon planned to return to his native Fiji, where his ageing parents lived and he owned land.

"It's important to him to pay his debt to this community and look to the future."

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- Manawatu Standard

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