SENDING a text message to a police witness has landed an alleged Warrnambool drug dealer in custody for 18 days.
Jessica Pennery-Keenan, 21, now of Scotts Road, Crossley, appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday when police applied to revoke her bail after she was arrested on Thursday.
Ms Pennery-Keenan was granted bail with strict conditions charged with trafficking, using and possessing cannabis, possessing amphetamine and possessing prescription medication after a police raid on her Denny Street, Warrnambool home on August 28.
Co-accused Dylan Stone, 21, was charged with similar offences and remanded in custody.
Yesterday Warrnambool police officer Senior Constable James Van Engelen told court that when police executed a search warrant at the Denny Street address they found 480 grams of cannabis, three grams of amphetamine and prescription medication.
He said a 17-year-old youth was arrested after he had been at the Denny Street home in possession of seven grams of amphetamine.
Senior Constable Van Engelen said Ms Pennery-Keenan’s bail conditions included a $5000 surety, that she live with her mother, report to police three times a week, not contact witnesses or co-accused and submit to random drug tests.
That $5000 surety could now be forfeited.
Senior Constable Van Engelen said witness statements had also been taken from three people who provided evidence of buying drugs from Ms Pennery-Keenan.
He said Ms Pennery-Keenan was given a copy of her brief of evidence on Wednesday night and at 11.39am on Thursday she sent a text message to one of those witnesses questioning why the woman had made a statement to police.
Senior Constable Van Engelen said the 17-year-old youth had also sent messages via Facebook to two of the police witnesses, one of which allegedly contained a threat.
Solicitor Amanda Chambers said Ms Pennery-Keenan admitted sending the text message but only did so because she was angry and upset.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said Ms Pennery-Keenan has been involved in a serious breach of her bail conditions and a witness being harassed struck at the basis of the criminal justice system.
He said it was likely that Ms Pennery-Keenan would be jailed and also noted that the 17-year-old youth was alleged to have recently contacted two witnesses.