Court rules Ipswich hairdresser just a pawn in drug ring

BUSTED: Ipswich hairdresser Grace Elizabeth Hadlow, now 20, was discovered supplying drugs during a covert operation into the Bandidos. She was given probation after pleading guilty.
BUSTED: Ipswich hairdresser Grace Elizabeth Hadlow, now 20, was discovered supplying drugs during a covert operation into the Bandidos. She was given probation after pleading guilty. Contributed

AN IPSWICH hairdresser inadvertently caught dealing drugs by a covert police investigation into a Bandidos Motorcycle Club drug trafficking ring has walked free from court.

Grace Elizabeth Hadlow, now 20, pleaded guilty on Monday in the Brisbane Supreme Court to drug supply and possession between May and June, 2012.

Crown prosecutor Patrina Colhessy told the court Hadlow came to the attention of police who were targeting the club.

She said her boyfriend at the time, who later became her husband, had extensive links to the criminal organisation and had a lengthy criminal history.

"It was through police phone intercepts her involvement became apparent," she said.

"She was caught on the police intercepts being requested to take drugs to her 42-year-old boyfriend.

"When her boyfriend was detained after a raid, she took some drug-related property, namely mobile phones and scales, from the house and stashed them at her mother's place."

Ms Colhessy said Hadlow's now husband was convicted of drug trafficking earlier this year and sentenced to seven years jail.

Defence barrister James McNab told the court Hadlow was in the process of ending her marriage.

"She has grown up significantly over the past two years," he said.

"She has taken some positive steps towards rehabilitation.

"She has nearly completed a Certificate III in retail operations through her current employer Hairhouse Warehouse in Ipswich."

Justice David Boddice sentenced Hadlow to 18 months' probation.

He said he accepted she was under the influence of an older man at the time and given her age may not have had the ability to say no to him.

"Your involvement was significantly less than that of your partner's," Justice Boddice said.

"I hope you take advantage of this opportunity you have been given and do not appear before a court again."

Justice Boddice ordered no conviction was to be recorded.



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