LET LOOSE: Trudy Vanessa Salmaso leaves the Ipswich Courthouse.
LET LOOSE: Trudy Vanessa Salmaso leaves the Ipswich Courthouse. Contributed

Police intercept phone call to catch Inala drug supplier

A MOTHER of six offered to supply methamphetamine "as a favour to her friend".

At Ipswich District Court this week, Trudy Vanessa Salmaso pleaded guilty to supplying the dangerous drug.

The 34-year-old was busted for the offence after she became caught up in the middle of one of Ipswich's biggest police drug operations.

Crown prosecutor Matt Le Grand said police had intercepted a phone call between the target of the operation, Toni Ann Ness, and Ms Salmaso.

During the conversation on June 26, 2014, there was an agreement for Salmaso to supply drugs on behalf of Ness.

Mr Le Grand said Ms Ness intended to earn about $300 from the drug supply.

However he added there was no evidence to suggest Ms Salmaso would have personally profited from it.

The court was told Ms Salmaso supplied the drugs as a favour to her friend and didn't appreciate how serious the crime was.

Police searched Salmaso's Inala home on August 13, 2014 and uncovered a small amount of meth as well as some rounds of ammunition.

Officers also found a mobile phone, which Salmaso admitted she used in connection with supplying drugs.

As a consequence, she also pleaded guilty to posessing drugs and unlawfully posessing explosives.

Mr Le Grand said it was the third time Salmaso had come before the court for drug-related offences.

"It paints a picture of someone who is not embracing the opportunities of rehabilitation, which have been offered to her by the courts," he said.

Mr Le Grand said methamphetamine was a "particularly insidious" drug, which posed a risk to the community.

Defence barrister Kathryn McMahon said her client was a mum to six kids with the youngest aged seven years.

Ms McMahon said her client had made admissions and cooperated with police.

The court heard Ms Salmaso had a difficult upbringing and suffered traumatic events which resulted in a fragile mental health condition.

Judge Sarah Bradley noted Salmaso had complied with parole orders in the past and was eligible for further parole.

"If you offend like this in the future though, you may well be going to jail for a very long time," she warned Salmaso.

"You need to think about your little children and what will happen to them if you go to prison.

"That means you need to address your drug problems, otherwise you will break the law again."

Salmaso was convicted and sentenced to 12 months in jail and released on parole.



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