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Suspended sentence for Casino meth supplier

A WOMAN who pleaded guilty to supplying methamphetamines was given a 12-month suspended sentence and a two-year good behaviour bond for her contribution to Casino's ice epidemic.

Lynda Anne Johnson's appearance before Magistrate David Heilpern at Lismore Local Court on Monday followed police dubbing the town the ice hub of the Northern Rivers in March.

Johnson, 49, who has no previous criminal record and receives a disability pension because of various medical conditions, pleaded guilty to supplying a prohibited drug, possessing a prohibited drug and dealing with proceeds of crime.

Facts of the case show Johnson and a co-accused man were arrested on February 12, after police raided a Dean St, Casino home, exercising a search warrant.

During a thorough search, police found 6.5g of methamphetamine, used and unused hypodermic needles, electronic scales and 0.6g of cannabis, which Johnson claimed was for medicinal use.

A notepad containing names and numbers was found, as well as a notepad with references to money amounts matching cash found during the search.

Police believed Johnson and the co-accused were involved in a "joint criminal enterprise in the supply of methylamphetamine", but the two denied knowledge in a police interview.

However, in court she pleaded guilty.

Prosecutor Sergeant Locke said Johnson was aiming to move to Brisbane aided by proceeds of drug sales.

Magistrate Heilpern noted methamphetamine is a "blight on the community in Casino".

He did not jail Johnson because of her age, early guilty plea, strong prospects for rehabilitation and because it was her first offence. He advised her to "get on with your life".

Topics:  casino, drugs, methamphetamine



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