Woman dealt drugs for 'only' friend

A BUNDABERG woman dealt drugs for an imprisoned friend because she believed he was the only person who cared for her.

Now Rachel Marie Thomas, 36, faces 13 drug charges and jail time herself.

With her mother sitting in Brisbane Supreme Court public gallery to support her on Monday, Thomas pleaded guilty to trafficking, supplying and possessing dangerous drugs in Bundaberg and elsewhere in 2011 and 2012.

She also pleaded guilty to possessing oxazepam, which is used to treat anxiety disorders or alcohol withdrawal.

The court heard Thomas was going through a difficult period in her life and she believed a man 20 years older than her was the only person who cared for her.

Thomas and the man were not partners or in a sexual relationship, but they did live together.

Crown prosecutor Dennis Kinsella said the man was dealing drugs.

The court heard when he was jailed Thomas was dealing drugs at his bidding.

Mr Kinsella said it was concerning she said she wanted to "start up her own enterprise".

He said she had both dealt on her own and for her friend.

After being drug dependent from the age of 16, Thomas has now turned her life around with the help of a Salvation Army rehabilitation program.

The court heard she also volunteers helping others once in a similar position to herself.

Justice Martin Burns adjourned sentencing until Tuesday. - APN NEWSDESK


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