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Proserpine woman fronts Supreme Court

A PROSERPINE woman was visibly emotional as she stood in the dock of the Supreme Court in Mackay.

Toni Rachel Hall clutched a tissue as she choked back tears.

She was charged with multiple drug-related offences including possessing methylamphetalines exceeding two grams on two occasions, possessing LSD and marijuana and used drug utensils.

Crown prosecutor Nathan Crane said both lots of methylamphetamines were of "quite a significant purity" at 75% and 76%.

Police executed a search warrant at Hall's home on April 13 last year and located clip seal bags containing a crystalline powder that totalled 2.486.grams and a vial of LSD.

Hall was on bail for this offending when he was again caught possessing 2.849.grams of methylamphetamines along with 50 clip seal bags and a set of digital scales on September 17, the court was told.

Mr Crane said he did not "allege a commercial purpose" in either occurrence.

The matter was proceeding in the court on the basis that Hall possessed the drugs for personal use.

Defence barrister Bronwyn Hartigan, said Hall effectively had no family support whatsoever.

She had a good work history, she said.

Ms Hartigan said her drug use started a few years ago when she contracted Ross River fever and then Barmah Forest fever. Both had similar symptoms in that she lacked energy.

Hall started to self medicate with drugs so that she could continue to get out of bed every day and work, Ms Hartigan said.

"In her favour she has pleaded guilty at an early time," she said.

Hall, 43, pleaded guilty to all offences.

The court was told she had been in custody for 196 days for this offending.

Justice David North said there was a pattern in Hall's offending that suggested she might have developed a serious drug problem.

She was jailed for 12 months and given immediate parole. Convictions were recorded.

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