Gold Coast drug dealer behind mass overdose avoids jail, walks from court

A MAN who sold a batch of dangerous drugs which triggered a mass overdose on the Gold Coast in 2016 has walked out of court a free man.

Bradley Allan Morgan, 25, pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying a dangerous drug and was sentenced in Southport District Court on Wednesday.

The court heard Morgan had sold the drugs to two groups of people in Surfers Paradise in October 2016.


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Within the space of 36 hours, 16 people had overdosed on the drug and were rushed to hospital after they found suffering from severe hallucinogenic episodes.

One group was found at a house in Mermaid Waters, while the other was found at The Islander hotel.

Eight people were found severely hallucinating after overdosing at a house in Mermaid Waters | PHOTO: QAS

Eight people were found severely hallucinating after overdosing at a house in Mermaid Waters | PHOTO: Supplied via QAS

Victorian footballer Riki Stephens, who was on the Coast on an end-of-season trip at the time, died after mixing the drug with a cocktail of other substances.

In sentencing, Judge Julie Dick acknowledged that Morgan had undergone intensive rehabilitation since the incident and added that his actions didn’t directly contribute to Mr Stephen’s death.

Morgan was sentenced to nine months jail, wholly suspended for a period of two years.

“I don’t want you to be going to prison today,” Judge Dick said. “I don’t want to interfere in that rehabilitation, I want you to succeed in that rehabilitation.”

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