A Terang woman caught trafficking cannabis again has received a seven-month discount for pleading guilty.
Fiona Wright, formerly Hull, 48, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Wednesday to charges, including trafficking cannabis and possessing ammunition and prohibited weapons.
The court heard she was arrested during a police raid at her Terang property on March 24 last year and spent 28 days in custody on remand before successfully applying for bail.
Magistrate Franz Holzer said Wright was "very, very close to going in (to custody) for further time".
"And you will if you commit like offences in the future," he said.
Mr Holzer said Wright received a sentencing discount for pleading guilty to the offences and that if she had not, she would have been jailed for eight months.
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On Thursday he sentenced Wright to the 28 days she had already served on remand and placed her on a corrections order.
That order will run for 24 months and will include supervision and drug treatment.
A search warrant executed at Wright's home on March 24 last year uncovered 180 grams of cannabis, a set of digital scales, a cannabis plant more than one metre tall, a bag containing cannabis stems and leaves, and about $3000 cash.
An analysis of her phone revealed multiple people had contacted her between September 2019 and March 2020 asking to buy coffee and milk, which police alleged was code for drugs.
In February this year, The Standard reported that Wright planned to contest the charges, stating the drugs were for personal use and the close to $3000 cash seized from her home was to pay a family lawyer.
On Wednesday, a single charge of negligently dealing with proceeds of crime (the cash) was withdrawn.
At the time of the offending, Wright was on an 18-month corrections order after being convicted of trafficking cannabis in 2019.
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