Mum of four sentenced over bikie-linked drug trafficking
A MUM-of-four has narrowly avoided jail, after pleading guilty to carrying cocaine for former Rebels bikie leader Adam McCrea.
Four times between December 2009 until February 2010, Kylee Heather Anderson couriered two-and-a-half ounces of cocaine from the Gold Coast to Hervey Bay.
The 41 year old pleaded guilty in the Maryborough Supreme Court on Monday to four counts of supplying dangerous drugs.
Her legal representative said Anderson's older brother had asked her to deliver the drugs to Adam McCrea.
Justice Peter Applegarth sentenced the woman to three years imprisonment, with immediate parole.
"You were foolish enough to assist your brother, you must have known you were transporting drugs," he said.
Anderson's lawyer said before becoming a courier, she had never met Mr McCrea and, after deciding he was 'bad news', left Hervey bay.
He also said after using cannabis for 21 years, she was now free from illicit substances and did not profit from the drug deliveries.
Justice Applegarth said cocaine was a 'terribly addictive' drug and use of it ruined people's lives.
"The drug trade can only operate because of couriers," he said.
He stressed he did not take her family obligations into account when deciding on her sentencing and said it was her recent good conduct and a similar court case that influenced his decision.
"I hesitated long and hard before giving you release on parole...count yourself somewhat lucky," he said to Ms Anderson.
Mr McCrea also appeared in the Maryborough Supreme Court on Monday, pleading guilty to a charge of possessing a dangerous drug.
On December 8, 2010, the now 48 year old went to Bundaberg to collect a truck he planned to use for a new legitimate business and was supplied with one ounce of methamphetamine.
He is serving a seven-year sentence for other drug offences and in December 2010 was out on bail, with lengthy criminal history dating back to 1990.
Justice Applegarth imposed an additional six months onto his original seven-year sentence.
He also added time to McCrea's parole, who will now be eligible for release on September 21, 2014.