Mackay mother caught trafficking to support drug habit

THIS is the second time a Mackay mother of two has been jailed for trafficking drugs.

Then 24, Kacie Elizabeth Willett had been released in December 2013 after a two-month jail stint when she was busted less than two months later.

She was detained after police intercepted a vehicle on February 21 last year on the suspicion it had been stolen.

Police found 422 drug-related messages on Willett's mobile phone, crown prosecutor Brendan Manttan said.

The messages identified that Willett was a "street-level dealer" who regularly sourced drugs for at least six customers.

She mainly sourced methylamphetamines and cannabis and in some of the texts bragged about her ability to source drugs within an hour, the Supreme Court in Mackay was told.

However, she was able to source cocaine and ecstasy at short notice.

Based on the text messages her trafficking activity continued for 32 days and there was only one day where she didn't source or sell drugs, he said.

At times she would source and sell drugs up to four times a day, the court was told.

And she accepted boxes of pseudoephedrine as payment for methylamphetamines, Mr Manttan said.

Justice James Henry said Willett had previously "had cracks at probation", but still "wound up being a criminal". "She's blown it," Justice Henry said.

Willett grew up with alcoholic parents and began using cannabis at age 14, defence barrister Bronwyn Hartigan said.

Willett began trafficking drugs the second time to support her own habit, Ms Hartigan said.

Now 26, Willett pleaded guilty to trafficking and possessing items used in the commission of a drug offence.

She was jailed for three years to be suspended after serving nine months. Justice Henry also placed Willett on a three-year probation order.

Convictions were recorded.



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