Prostitute jailed after supplying police with GBH
UNDERCOVER police took $56,500 worth of drugs off the streets of Ipswich, Logan and the Gold Coast during a year-long operation targeting a prostitute's drug distribution network.
Tracy Lee Ewens, 41, supplied covert police with 97.025g of methylamphetamines, with 57g purity, and three litres of GHB, also known as fantasy, which had purity between 20 and 40%.
Police paid $48,200 for the meth and $8300 for the GHB.
Ewens was jailed for seven years when she pleaded guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday to trafficking and possessing drugs, and 20 counts of supplying drugs.
Crown prosecutor Sarah Dennis said Ewens, Melissa Kathleen Dixon and Kim Elizabeth Murphy were all involved in distributing drugs in the Ipswich, Logan and the Gold Coast regions.
She said Dixon was sentenced to seven years' jail while Murphy received five years' jail for their roles.
Ms Dennis said Ewens was working as a prostitute at the time and was onselling to her clients to make a modest profit to feed her drug addiction.
She said Ewens also was supplying marijuana at $250 for an ounce (28g).
Defence barrister Adrian Donaldson said his client grew up with domestic violence and then became a victim herself, ending up with injuries such as a broken leg, later in life.
He said Ewens was in foster care for four years and did not finish conventional schooling but had a solid work history, which included occasional prostitution work.
Justice David Boddice said he accepted the incident was a significant wake-up call and that Ewens had taken steps to distance herself from that life.