Police raid 'caused miscarriage'
A BUDDING nurse has claimed the trauma of police raids on her Sunshine Coast home during a major drug operation caused a miscarriage.
Carolyn Alex Yates, now 24, was already suffering depression and anxiety from a still-birth almost a year before when police Operation Ice Vulture's closure disrupted her life.
During a sentence for supplying methamphetamines, her lawyers submitted a letter to Brisbane Supreme Court from a doctor detailing how the stress of that experience had "coincided" with the miscarriage.
Yates was originally charged with being a party to her partner Daniel King's alleged drug trafficking.
After negotiations, she pleaded guilty to three lesser supply charges.
Crown prosecutor Sarah Farnden said Yates's role was delivering methamphetamines to her partner's regular customers.
She said Operation Ice Vulture had targeted Yates's partner King but surveillance had picked up her three drug deliveries.
Ms Farnden said King allegedly had 30 regular customers and would usually deal in half-gram packs of methamphetamines for $100 each.
Yates and King now have a six-week-old son but he has a heart problem and will probably need surgery once he is old enough to be anaesthetised.
Defence barrister David Edwards said his client left Nambour Christian College at Year 10 to go to beauty school but had now completed the first part of a nursing degree.
He said Yates would become the sole carer and financial provider for her new baby because she expected King to spend time in jail.
Justice Debra Mullins said the average 4.4% purity showed Yates's dealing was at street level.
She ordered Yates to complete 15 months probation.