Two men have been jailed over their involvement in an ongoing drug supply ring operating between Goulburn and Wollongong.
Michael Frederick Dunn, 24, and Nilal Kulatunga, 36, were two parts of a four-member group police allege was trafficking ecstasy in January and early February this year.
Both men, along with a third co-accused, Joshua Gregory Buckley, pleaded guilty to ongoing drug supply charges, while a fourth man, Benjamin Santosa, is yet to enter a plea.
Wollongong District Court yesterday heard Dunn and Buckley, both Goulburn locals, would make weekly trips to the Illawarra to pick up bulk orders of 100 ecstasy tablets from Santosa, who police allege was the main supplier of the tablets.
The exchanges were organised by Kulatunga, with Dunn and Buckley meeting at Kulatunga's Dapto home before proceeding to Santosa's place in Unanderra to pick up the drugs.
Dunn and Buckley would then transport their stash back to Goulburn to sell it.
Unbeknownst to the pair, some of their "customers" were undercover cops, working in conjunction with two NSW Police strike forces set up to investigate drug peddling in the region.
The group's seven-week operation unravelled in early February, with officers swooping on Dunn's car as he drove back from Wollongong on one of his drug runs.
Subsequent searches were conducted at the houses of each of the accused, and they were arrested and charged.
Presiding judge Paul Conlon yesterday acknowledged both Dunn and Kulatunga had ongoing drug abuse issues, highlighting that in Dunn's case, he had used the money he made from sales to feed his own habit and pay household bills.
"I accept the police observation that the accused [Dunn] did not exhibit any signs of wealth," he said.
"The profit would easily have been consumed in financing his [Dunn's] own habit and paying household bills."
Judge Conlon described Kulatunga's participation in the scheme as that of "low level facilitator", accepting that he did not play a "crucial" role in peddling the drugs.
However, he said no sentence other than full-time jail was appropriate given the facts.
Kulatunga was sentenced to 2½ years' jail with a non-parole period of 13 months. With time already served he will be eligible for release in March next year.
Dunn received a minimum of 16 months behind bars, with an overall jail sentence of two years and 10 months. With time already served, he will be eligible for release in June next year.
Santosa will reappear in court later this month to enter pleas, while Buckley is due for sentencing in October.