Woman sells pot to undercover cop
A WOMAN who sold marijuana to undercover police four times was sentenced to 18 months probation yesterday.
Elaine Kathleen Dale, of Barolin St, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to failing to dispose of a used syringe, possessing utensils and four charges of supplying dangerous drugs.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Dean Burgess said Dale approached the undercover officer and asked if he wanted to buy some marijuana on June 26 last year.
He said Dale handed over 0.2g of marijuana in a clip-seal bag when the officer gave her cash.
Snr Const Burgess said on another occasion, Dale approached another undercover officer and this time produced 0.47g of the drug.
The court was told the same happened again on August 14, and Dale gave the officer 0.41g of marijuana.
Dale again approached an undercover policeman to sell him marijuana on August 11 at a local pub.
Snr Const Burgess said after the officer had handed over cash, Dale handed them a white tissue which contained 0.2g of marijuana.
The court heard police searched Dale’s home on January 28 this year, and while there found a syringe in the bin and three other syringes in a glass case.
Snr Const Burgess said Dale told police she had used these to inject methadone.
He said on March 31, police again searched the Barolin St home and found a glass bowl with a strong smell of marijuana in it and a bong.
Defence lawyer Nick Larter said Dale’s father had died last year and she began drinking heavily.
He said during that time she became involved with a woman who made most of the contacts with the person who was supplying them with cannabis to sell.
“This is the opportune time for probation, as she has come to the realisation that she needs an intervention,” Mr Larter said.
Magistrate Jennifer Batts ordered Dale complete the probation term with the provision she attend counselling and submit to urine analysis testing.