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WA man linked to bikies jailed for drugs

AAP logoAAP 1/11/2016

A Perth man linked to the Comanchero bikies has been jailed for seven years for possessing drugs with a street value of about $96,000.

Drazan Dion Maric, 40, was found guilty after a trial of possessing 96g of methylamphetamine in a bumbag with intent to sell or sell or supply in Northbridge in May 2014.

The WA District Court heard on Tuesday that Maric was involved in the sale of meth for financial gain and was also addicted to the drug.

Judge Anette Schoombee said it seemed Maric was also involved with the Comancheros because clothing with their colours was found in the hotel flat he was staying in at the time.

"I can understand to some extent that as a result of your background you were looking for supportive associates to belong to, a family so to speak," she said.

"But Mr Maric, this group is not going to bring you any good luck, as you have seen."

Judge Schoombee accepted Maric had since "started on the road of becoming a law abiding and upstanding citizen" but warned if he continued to offend he would spend most of his life in prison.

"If you're serious about changing your life, the time to start is now," she said.

"One takes one step ahead and two back, but as long as you keep on taking a step ahead there might be some light at the end of the tunnel."

Judge Schoombee noted Maric had an "entrenched history" of drug abuse and a long criminal record, including a conviction in October 2014 of possessing meth, for which he was jailed for three years.

That offending breached a suspended sentence for driving without a licence, so he also received six months on top and is still serving time for those crimes.

Judge Schoombee said personal and general deterrence were significant factors in sentencing, and a strong message needed to be sent to the community that this type of offending would not be tolerated.

She added a further three-and-a-half years to Maric's prison term, making a total effective sentence of seven years.

Maric will be eligible for parole after five years and with time already served could be released in May 2019.

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