Ex-daycare mum on speed, dope

A FORMER daycare mother who used speed, cannabis and ecstasy to self-medicate her depression has been sentenced to 200 hours of community service.

Katie Kristine Croxon was busted on July 8 when police were called to a disturbance at her Maryborough home.

Police prosecutor Jeanette Gregoris told the court officers could smell burning cannabis when Croxon opened the front door.

A quick search netted five small clipseal bags of speed, five ecstasy tablets, a number of bags and tins containing cannabis, drug paraphernalia, two “tick sheets” listing the names of people who had bought drugs from her and 50 clipseal bags suspected to be used for packaging illegal drugs.

The 29-year-old mother-of-four admitted to police she had sold some cannabis to friends and also admitted a text message on her mobile saying “Thanks for the smoke” related to a cannabis sale.

Yesterday she pleaded guilty in the Maryborough Magistrates Court to four charges of possessing dangerous drugs and one charge of supplying.

Defence lawyer Judy Millward told the court Croxon, who suffered from post-natal depression, was introduced to illicit drugs by new friends.

When she and her partner split earlier this year, she “couldn't cope” and started using them regularly to self-medicate.

Ms Millward said Croxon had been extremely cautious not to expose her children, aged one, four, six and nine, to drugs while she was using.

She said Croxon had not been using since being charged in July and had been undergoing counselling.

Magistrate John Smith did not record convictions against Croxon because she had no criminal history and because of her strong work ethic.

The court heard she had worked consistently since leaving school - including running her own daycare business for several years.



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