Text messages reveal woman’s drug offence

A GLADSTONE mother charged with drug offences was busted by incriminating text messages police saw on her mobile phone.

Marion Weribone, 38, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to having a mobile phone used in drug offences, and two charges of failing to appear before the court.

The offence took place just days after Weribone had been dealt with and fined by the court on unrelated drug charges.

Weribone, a cleaner, was arrested and charged on May 1, then twice failed to appear before court.

She was arrested by warrant this week and appeared in custody before the court.

Police prosecutor Sgt Merrilyn Hoskins said CIB officers had found a mobile phone in a main bedroom and a clip seal bag that held cannabis.

Three people were at the house including Weribone, who told police the phone was hers. She was not charged over the cannabis.

Sgt Hoskins read out to magistrate Penelope Hay a series of texts taken from the phone that police said were drug related.

One message read: "I'll pay $400 for a half thats it."

Other messages went to a person called 'uncle' that referred to getting money for a slide and for tick.

Defence lawyer Nikki Wawryk said Weribone's defacto husband was charged with serious offences.

"She admits it is her phone and says it was used by her partner for drug offending," Ms Wawryk said.

"She did not attend court because she was in St George visiting family and at an aunt's funeral.

"She is a carer for her husband who has health issues."

Magistrate Hay asked for the dates the texts had been sent.

She noted some were sent prior to the earlier court sentence and other texts had been done after that date.

Ms Hay fined Weribone $500 for the drug offence and $500 for failing to appear.

A conviction was recorded on the drug offence.


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