Home detention for selling drugs

A 25-year-old woman was sentenced to four months' home detention on five drug-related charges in the Blenheim District Court yesterday.

Natalie Elizabeth Parsons previously accepted one charge of supplying or offering to supply morphine, one of selling cannabis, one of possession of tramadol (painkiller) for the purpose of supply, one of offering to sell cannabis and one of offering to sell phentermine (appetite suppressant).

The shop assistant was arrested following a police raid in September targeting Mongrel Mob drug activity in the region.

Judge Bruce Davidson said Parsons was charged after dealing the drugs during July and August last year, largely via text messages. The overall offending was premeditated and sustained, he said.

Parsons offered to sell 100 milligrams of morphine, worth about $300, to five different people; about $250 worth of cannabis to two people; and three further amounts of cannabis to people.

She also offered to sell phentermine and was in possession of 50 tablets of tramadol, with a potential value of around $1500, Judge Davidson said.

He said she had a limited history, with some relatively minor drug convictions, and she had impressed a probation officer with her remorse.

She had also distanced herself from former influences and associations and showed a desire to break away from the drug scene, he said.

The charges were concerning because it had been commercial drug dealing, usually described as "street level".

He also sentenced her to 100 hours' community work.

"These are serious convictions but I believe you have the support . . . [to] go on and do really well in our community," Judge Davidson said to Parsons.

The Marlborough Express