Pregnant mum jailed for ice may give birth behind bars
A PREGNANT woman jailed for possessing and supplying the dangerous drug "ice" to others may give birth to her third child behind bars.
Jodie Amanda Thompson, 30, was found with 13.855g of a crystalline substance during a police search of her Toowoomba home on June 16, last year, Toowoomba Supreme Court heard.
Of that, 8.52g were found to be methamphetamine which had a purity of 61.5%, prosecutor Keiran Rentz told the court.
Police also found $3985 cash in her handbag which police suspected were proceeds of drugs. Thompson admitted she had supplied the drug to three people.
Mr Rentz said if sold at between $50 to $100 a hit, the potential street value of the drug seized was between $7000 and $14,000.
Thompson pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine in excess of 2g and to three counts of supplying a dangerous drug.
Her barrister James Godbolt said his client had made significant steps to rehabilitation since her arrest on these charges.
She had engaged with the Alcohol and Other Drugs Service and had started a new relationship with the birth of the first child from that relationship expected in November, he said.
Thompson's efforts at rehabilitation were significant too considering she had a long-standing drug problem.
She had started using marijuana at 17 and by 18 was injecting methylamphetamine, Mr Godbolt said. She had been in a violent relationship with the father of her first two children and she had fled to New South Wales to get away from him.
However, she returned to Queensland and reunited with that man and returned to drug use, he said.
Her former partner was now in immigration custody awaiting deportation back to his native New Zealand and his client had moved on with her life, Mr Godbolt submitted.
She also had family support and her parents were in court for the sentence hearing, he said.
Justice Peter Applegarth said it was always a difficult process in sentencing a pregnant woman to a term of imprisonment but Thompson's offending was very serious and she had previous convictions for drug offences.
Acknowledging her efforts to rehabilitate herself and her pleas of guilty, Justice Applegarth sentenced Thompson to 30 months in jail but ordered she be released on parole from November 21 after having served three months.