Drug using mum back in jail, 'squandered' rehab chances

DRUG user Letecia Jensen will serve more jail time after the recidivist offender was caught by police at her Tannum Sands home with cannabis and methylamphetamine.

Sentencing District Court Judge Fleur Kingham told 35-year-old Jensen that rehabilitating herself had not been a motivating factor for her despite past opportunities given by the court.

Jensen, a hairdresser and mother of two, pleaded guilty to the possession of methylamphetamine and cannabis on December 18 last year, and the unlawful supply of methylamphetamine.

Sally Dreghorn for the Crown said there was "an element of commerciality" in the amphetamine offence.

Ms Dreghorn said Jensen's criminal history was long and varied, and included a previous sentence for "chemist shopping" to get the drug pseudoephedrine.

She had twice breached suspended jail sentences.

Ms Dreghorn said Jensen was caught with 2.67 grams of methylamphetamine (.609 grams pure) and "it was unlikely she would be giving it away", alleging a text found on her phone indicated this although the Crown was unable to say whether supply had actually taken place.

She said Jensen "squandered" previous chances to rehabilitate herself.

Defence barrister Tom Polley said there should be no inference of commerciality and Jensen instructed him it was for personal use.

"She was introduced to methamphetamine in 2003 by a partner. She tried it. She was hooked," he said.

"She tells me she now hates the stuff, it's an evil."

Judge Kingham found Jensen was not involved in a commercial operation.

Jailed for nine months but with time served, Jensen will now be eligible for parole on August 13.



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