Mackay mum, personal trainer sold $22,500 of ice to police
A MACKAY mum of three turned "high level drug dealer" has been jailed for trafficking ice after she was busted selling $22,500 of the drug to undercover police.
Ooralea woman Sharon Lee Barrett was sentenced in the Mackay Supreme Court on Thursday with no chance of parole for at least 20 months.
Justice Duncan McMeekin said Barrett was trafficking drugs for almost two years, from February 2014 to December 2016.
In the three months to December 2016, Justice McMeekin said the 41-year-old was dealing in "wholesale quantities" of drugs, also selling to end-users throughout the entire time.
Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips said Barrett had also been involved with dealing ecstacy. "At one stage she was in a position to sell 10,000 tablets, or 'roundies' of MDMA," he said.
In sentencing, Justice McMeekin noted the police had Barrett under surveillance and over three separate deals, she sold 46g of pure methamphetamine (or 'ice') to undercover officers for a total of $22,500.
The court heard she told police she had been purchasing a half ounce of pure methamphetamine every second day for about $3000 a time. She also admitted dealing thousands of ecstasy tablets, buying them at $10 each, then selling them for $15 each, and paying $3500 a pound for marijuana to sell.
Justice McMeekin told the court Barrett was arrested in July 2015 and found with 30g of pure methamphetamine, but had continued to deal drugs while on bail.
Justice McMeekin said Barrett became a "high level" drug dealer who had upwards of $100,000 worth of drugs passing through her hands over the space of 10 months, "supplying over 50 customers" and that it was "a large-scale drug trafficking operation".
Barrister Scott Mclennan, acting for the defence, said Barrett had previously worked as a personal trainer, had no criminal record, and had begun selling drugs after encountering financial and family difficulties.
Barrett pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in dangerous drugs, six counts of supplying a dangerous drug, two counts of possessing a dangerous drug in excess of two grams, four counts of possessing a dangerous drug, one count of possessing property obtained from supplying drugs, and one count of possessing things used in connection with supplying a dangerous drug.
Justice McMeekin sentenced Barrett to six years jail, eligible for parole on January 31, 2019.