A PROMISING soccer player blew $120,000 of his inheritance on drugs while trafficking ecstasy for 12 months, a court has heard.
Jackson McIver, 22, earned about $1000 a week in drug money and bought lavish gifts for his girlfriend after turning his back on the sport.
“By trafficking you exposed such misery to other young persons,” magistrate Cynthia Toose said in sentencing McIver, at the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Monday, to 90 days in prison.
“Drug trafficking and drugs are the scourge of society.”
McIver’s stepfather, who was called as a witness, said he had been unaware of McIver’s drug issues, which began in October last year, “until the police came knocking on the door”.
McIver, who last week pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and possession charges as well as possessing proceeds of a crime, was fined $1500 and was given an 18-month community corrections order.
McIver was granted appeal bail.
This article originally appeared on page 10 of The Courier newspaper on 25 November 2014.