Drug business transfer to ex didn't go smoothly for mum

SENSING the heat was on, Deanne Marree Margriet Gillbee handed over the reigns to her drug-trafficking business.

The next leader was to be Adam Smaldon, the father of her youngest child and her ex-partner.

But despite transferring her mobile phone to Smaldon and outlining her regular customers, Gillbee, 28, still ended up doing a lot of the work.

The complaints over text messages and phone calls about still "running around" for the trafficking enterprise were intercepted by police.

Gillbee, from the Sunshine Coast, failed to escape the heat and was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and cannabis over a seven-month period.

Smaldon, also of the Sunshine Coast, was also arrested and charged with similar offences, including trafficking and drug possession.

Crown Prosecutor Ken Spinaze told the Supreme Court, where the pair was sentenced on Tuesday, Gillbee supplied drugs - mainly methamphetamine - to street level users and dealers.

Mr Spinaze said Gillbee admitted to having about 40 customers who bought between one point to an "eight ball" of methamphetamine, sometimes daily.

The Crown alleged Gillbee's business turned over $92,000-$105,000 during the trafficking period between July 23, 2011 to February 23, 2012.

"The Crown is not saying that she lived a lavish lifestyle, quite the opposite," Mr Spinaze said.

Mr Spinaze said Gillbee was supplementing her Centrelink income for day-to-day living, including to care for her children.

The court heard Gillbee became aware police had picked up her customers and the "heat was on".

Mr Spinaze said instead of distancing herself from her own business, she handed her mobile to Smaldon and instructed him how to run the business.

The business turned over to Smaldon on December, 18, 2011.

The court heard Smaldon still consulted with Gillbee over business ideas.

Gillbee's defence barrister Julie Sharp said her client began selling drugs to get by.

She said Gillbee had a medical condition and major depressive and panic disorders which meant she would find jail more difficult than others.

Ms Sharp said Smaldon would often abuse Gillbee verbally, including calling her fat when she was pregnant.

Justice Peter Applegarth reflected on how little money some drug dealers made in the trade.

"It never ceases to amaze me whether its today's case or yesterday's case, where it's an 18-year-old making a profit of $5 on an ecstasy tablet...," he said.

"They would make more per hour flipping burgers at McDonalds."

Justice Applegarth sentenced Gillbee to five years jail to be suspended after 22 months.

Smaldon, 27, was sentenced to four years and nine months jail for the drug offences with a parole eligibility date in November next year.

He was sentenced to 12 months jail for breaching a suspended sentence.


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