Mother sentenced to jail for drug trafficking, weapons offences
A FORMER Charleville mother of three who admitted trafficking “ice” and marijuana over a 12-month period will spend at least 30 months in jail.
Courtney Lee Ramsey had moved from Charleville to Roma “for a fresh start” but was soon involved in the drug trade, Toowoomba Supreme Court heard.
Her trafficking drugs had started after her father had been arrested for supplying dangerous drugs and messages on his mobile phone had pointed to his daughter being involved, Crown prosecutor Sarah Farnden told the court.
Ms Farnden said the 29-year-old mother of three had about 30 customers, some of whom Ramsey supplied daily and multiple times a day.
She had obtained drugs from her father and had used other family members to on-sell, she said.
Police who arrived to search her Roma house had found a 15-year-old girl smoking marijuana at the kitchen table and Ramsey had admitted supplying the drug to the teenager, the court heard.
A check of Ramsey’s mobile phone found she had made three phone calls within 12 hours in an attempt to organise the swap of a .22 rifle for drugs.
Ms Farnden said that amounted to three charges of supplying a category H weapon, which brought a jail term with a mandatory minimum time of 30 months actually served.
The period of drug trafficking had been from May 2015 to May 2016, the court heard.
Ramsey’s barrister David Jones told the court much of his client’s offending stemmed from her own use of drugs and submitted his client’s offending was “street level”.
“The primary motive was to feed her own habit,” Mr Jones submitted.
His client never saw the weapon mentioned but had been contacted by a person who had no money but wanted to trade the gun for drugs, he said.
Justice John Byrne AO declared 314 days of pre-sentence custody as time already served and sentenced Ramsey to four years in jail to serve the 30 months on the weapons offences.
Ramsey will be eligible for parole in November 2018.