Warrnambool drug dealer gets six months

A WARRNAMBOOL mother of three children has been jailed for six months for trafficking meth amphetamines and cannabis about four months after she committed earlier trafficking offences.

Magistrate Peter Mellas told Alana Maree Shand, 30, of Wanstead Street, he was imposing the jail term on her because her second round of offending was aggravated offending and warranted a prison term.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Sandra Skilton said police raided Shand’s home on July 28 and found weight scales under a mattress and a mobile phone.

Messages on the phone revealed evidence of trafficking in meth amphetamine and cannabis.

Shand had admitted buying seven grams of amphetamines and said she had bought them for a friend, Sergeant Skilton said.

Belinda Northey, for Shand, said her client had been using drugs to deal with issues in her life including a relationship breakdown.

She said Shand now had a mental health care plan and her children depended on her.

In sentencing Shand, Mr Mellas said she had been placed on a corrections order after pleading guilty to serious offences following a search warrant in March, this year.

Mr Mellas said Shand had again offended, trafficking in amphetamines and cannabis.

The quantities had been small but were serious examples of offending while on bail, he said.

A Corrections Victoria officer told the court that Shand had been warned on August 10 she was coming back to court but two weeks later had breached her corrections order. The officer said no further corrections order was appropriate.

Mr Mellas said it was difficult to know at this stage whether Shand would complete any further corrections order. He remanded Shand until December 19 for a report by Corrections Victoria.

Shand was also convicted of breaching the curfew conditions of her bail. The court was told police had apprehended Shand at 3.08am in Botanic Road on August 25 and she had given a false name and address.

Mr Mellas sentenced Shand to two weeks jail for the bail breach, to be served concurrently with the other jail terms. 

He also ordered she complete 52 hours of community work after she was released from jail for a number of other offences.

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