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Ice bust accused gets bail, leaves court in black limo

ICE ACCUSED: Hannah Quant leaves Gladstone Courthouse after she was granted bail with strict conditions including drug rehabilitation.
ICE ACCUSED: Hannah Quant leaves Gladstone Courthouse after she was granted bail with strict conditions including drug rehabilitation. Ross Irby

A TOP Brisbane barrister flew into Gladstone to make a successful bail application for Hannah Jane Quant following her arrest after police found quantities of the drug ice in her car.

Quant, 25, of Boyne Island, is charged with five serious offences including supplying dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs, and having property suspected of being drug proceeds, after she was stopped on Turkey Beach Rd.

Thin, pale and with her long hair dyed red, Quant sat quietly in the dock as Gladstone Magistrates Court heard that there was suspicion the accused woman owed money to drug associates.

Police opposed bail saying the amphetamine had a street value of $55,000.

Prosecutor Sgt Merrilyn Hoskins alleged Quant had been on the fringes of the Gladstone drug world but was now "more of a key central figure".

She said Quant was not only using ice but also had the kit and drug paraphernalia that would enable her to sell large quantities.

Barrister James Godbolt made out his case for her to live in Brisbane with sister Nadine Quant and Shane Nash.

Police opposed it as they are under probation and parole supervision because of drug offences.

Mr Godbolt said it was best for her to live away from Gladstone because of its drug problems.

He said because of police concern she was involved in the Gladstone drug scene and may owe money, being in Brisbane would alleviate this.

Quant must also receive counselling for drug addiction, report frequently to police and have urine tests.

Magistrate Penelope Hay asked Mr Godbolt whether he was "alluding that she has a drug debt and wants to get out of this jurisdiction".

Mr Godbolt replied that it could be inferred "that she has a connection with the local drug scene and wants to divorce herself from that".

Ms Hay said circumstantial evidence was "suggestive" of someone supplying drugs.

Granted bail with strict conditions, Quant later left the court in a black Chrysler 300 with blacked out windows.

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