Mother sen­tenced to jail for drug traf­fick­ing, weapons of­fences

Western Times - - NEWS - Peter Hard­wick

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.

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