Buttrose jailed for cocaine dealing
Updated Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:27pm AEDT
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A former Sydney restaurant owner has been jailed for at least twelve and a half years for drug offences.
Buttrose, 37, pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying cocaine to an undercover officer and another charge relating to six kilograms of the drug which were found in his unit.
The cocaine in his unit had a street value of around $10 million.
In sentencing Buttrose a District Court judge said cocaine is a highly dangerous drug and that the social cost of drug addiction to the community is high.
Buttrose previously told the court that he started using cocaine to cope with the pressure of running his restaurant chain.
He said when he was selling it, he liked being known as 'The Man.'
Buttrose winked at members of his family in the court just before he was sentenced.
They included his aunty, the Sydney media identity, Ita Buttrose.
Outside the court Detective Senior Constable Craig Partridge welcomed the sentence.
"It was a large-scale retail drug operation," he said.
"We are very happy with the outcome."
The court heard that Buttrose is in protective custody in jail. With time already served, he will be eligible for parole in 2021.
Family members refused to comment on the sentence to media waiting outside the court.