Woman fined after flatmates used her phone for drug deals

A WOMAN was sentenced in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday after she told the court people she had lived with had used her phone to commission drug-related offences.

Karen Gallagher pleaded guilty to one charge of possessing property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence.

Detectives from Gladstone Criminal Investigation Branch had executed a search warrant at a Dalrymple Drive address at 8.50am on September 19 last year when the defendant's iPhone was claimed by police.

Police Prosecutor Mick O'Rourke told the court detectives had found drug-related texts on Gallagher's phone, which referred to not telling people who they were getting "it" from, costs for different substances, a 1.7g "uncut rock" and $150 worth of steroids.

Gallagher's defence solicitor, Megan Creaser, argued that it was not her client who had commissioned the offences, rather people who had moved into her home had begun using her phone to arrange the offences.

As her phone had unlimited mobile credit, they had borrowed her phone to make the calls.

Ms Creaser said people would approach Gallagher at her work inquiring about procuring drugs to which she was unable to assist them.

Magistrate Russell Warfield decided against recording a conviction against Gallagher, who had since moved to Sydney, but fined her $700.



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