Ecstasy dealing texts earn jail
KARA Dow was a young woman dabbling in drugs and not thinking about the consequences.
She broke down and cried in the Supreme Court dock yesterday when she was jailed for drug trafficking.
Like many young people, she kept her text messages on her mobile phone and police used them to confirm her involvement with drugs.
Dow, now aged 21, was aged 19 and 20 when she purchased ecstasy tablets from a known dealer and passed them on to friends.
She claimed she didn’t make a profit and was only trying to help out her friends.
She pleaded guilty in Mackay yesterday to trafficking in ecstasy between January 31, 2008, and August 31, 2008.
A search warrant was executed on Dow’s Goldsmith Street residence but officers found no incriminating material, Crown prosecutor Richard Pointing said.
However, Dow agreed to go with officers to the police station where her mobile phone was checked and text messages related to drugs were found.
She admitted that she supplied 13 people with ecstasy tablets.
She estimated she purchased a total of 123 tablets and sold them for between $15 and $30 each.
She said she received messages from people wanting to get drugs and she would supply them.
Police estimated she spent about $4270 on drugs and passed them on to her friends.
“The offence came to light as a result of her co-operation with police,” Mr Pointing said.
“She claims she sold the drugs for the same price she purchased them and made no profit.”
Barrister Paddy Cullinane said Dow used to work in the hospitality industry but now worked for a fast food outlet.
“I don’t think it is appreciated by young people in the community how serious their actions are,” Mr Cullinane said.
Two references were tendered.
“She is widely well thought of,” Mr Cullinane said.
“She was a low level, street-level dealer who co-operated with police.”
The motive for her transactions could have been misguided loyalty to friends or a feeling of wanting to be included among others, he said.
Justice Duncan McMeekin said Dow had many things in her favour, including her youth, her previous good history and her co-operation with authorities.
“But I believe a penalty has to be imposed which won’t outrage the community and some actual term of imprisonment has to be served,” Justice McMeekin said.
Dow was jailed for two-and-a-half years, to be suspended after serving six months.
About seven young people were in court to support her.