Drug dealer paid courier with meth

A 38-YEAR-OLD woman was paid in meth for her work as a drugs courier.

Chelsea Jae Cooper pleaded guilty in Ipswich District Court to two counts of supplying methamphetamine after she got caught up in a police surveillance operation that had been targeting her supplier.

Judge Sarah Bradley said Cooper acted as a drugs courier for her supplier on two occasions.

Cooper delivered "a quantity" of meth to another person in Goodna on May 12 last year.

She made another delivery two days later to a drug user in Riverview. In exchange for her work, Cooper was rewarded with an amount of the illicit drug.

Defence barrister Steve Kissick said Cooper had been a "chronic, addicted user of meth" during the time she committed the offences.

Mr Kissick said his client had admitted to a psychologist in April that she still used meth but had taken steps to address her drug problem and was on the path to rehabilitation.

He said Cooper, now 39, had no previous criminal history and had co-operated with the authorities.

A psychological report also revealed Cooper had suffered physical and mental health problems that led to her drug use.

Judge Bradley said most people charged with supplying dangerous drugs could expect to be punished with time in jail.

"I'm not going to send you to jail today but if you're convicted of drug offending again you could well be sent to prison," she warned Cooper.

"Your offending took place within the context of what appears to have been a substantial drug-trafficking enterprise orchestrated by another person.

"I accept that you were a very small cog in that enterprise."

Cooper was put on a probation order for two years. No convictions were recorded.


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