Woman jailed for sell­ing mar­i­juana to fund her ice ad­dic­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH

A KELSO woman who sold more than $ 100,000 worth of mar­i­juana in less than five months to fund her ice ad­dic­tion has been jailed.

Jacque­line Mul­re­any, 32, sold the drug to cus­tomers who ran their own traf­fick­ing busi­nesses.

The Townsville Supreme Court was told that $ 67,000, seem­ingly trans­ferred from Mul­re­any’s le­git­i­mate em­ployer for “hol­i­days”, “long ser­vice leave pay­out” and “re­im­burse­ments” was in fact the pro­ceeds of traf­fick­ing.

Mul­re­any pleaded guilty yes­ter­day to traf­fick­ing drugs from April to Septem­ber 2015 as well as pos­sess­ing mar­i­juana, MDMA and methy­lam­phetamine and pos­sess­ing $ 1660 cash from traf­fick­ing.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Amanda Payne said po­lice mon­i­tored Mul­re­any’s phone calls in April and May 2015 as part of a wider drug op­er­a­tion.

To just five of her 22 cus­tomers, Mul­re­any sold 23 to 36 pounds ( 10 to 16kg) of mar­i­juana for an es­ti­mated $ 103,000 to $ 162,000.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Scott Geeves said Mul­re­any worked as an of­fice man­ager at fresh pro­duce whole­saler Sal­ads Ga­lore from 2003 to July 2015.

He said Mul­re­any suf­fered con­stant pain from ac­ci­dents she sus­tained in her youth and had self­med­i­cated with il­le­gal drugs.

“She was in the grips of a ter­ri­ble ad­dic­tion to methy­lam­phetamine at the time,” he said. “Es­sen­tially she was sell­ing cannabis to feed and fund her methy­lam­phetamine ad­dic­tion.”

Jus­tice David North ac­cepted Ms Payne’s sub­mis­sion that the money was the pro­ceeds of traf­fick­ing.

Mul­re­any was sen­tenced to five and a half years in jail, with pa­role el­i­gi­bil­ity on Fe­bru­ary 8, 2019.

Mul­re­any’s cus­tomers Nathan Humphries and Lorraine Gai Larsen have been jailed for two years for traf­fick­ing drugs. An­other cus­tomer, Christo­pher Gal­la­her, re­ceived four years for traf­fick­ing.

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