Mother meth dealer jailed

ROBERT KIDD
Last updated 11:20 12/12/2012

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A Rotorua mother of two has been jailed for more than six years for selling $400,000 of methamphetamine, sometimes from her family's Lotto shop.

Jamie Clare Hyde, 30, pleaded guilty earlier this year to representative charges of supplying methamphetamine, offering to supply methamphetamine, offering to supply Ecstasy, possession of methamphetamine for supply and conspiring with others to possess methamphetamine for supply.

Police received information she was drug dealing and executed a search warrant of her phone which turned up masses of text messages confirming their suspicions.

The two month span of messages between September and November last year revealed Hyde was "an extremely busy dealer" selling on a daily basis to people she knew.

Justice Graham Lang said she was a level above a street dealer, selling larger quantities, sometimes from the The Lucky Lottery Shop on Tutanekai St, which her family owned.

The Crown conservatively estimated the amount of methamphetamine supplied at about 408g.

Police found a range of drug paraphernalia at Hyde's house and she was arrested at Auckland International Airport just as she was about to fly to Perth for a two-week holiday.

Despite the large-scale drug dealing Justice Lang said it was clear the mother of a three-year-old and two-month-old was not living a lavish lifestyle.

The offending took place to support her own drug habit.

Sentencing was due to take place earlier this year but it was delayed for Hyde to give birth in October.

Justice Lang gave Hyde credit for her early guilty pleas, her potential for rehabilitation and her previously clean record.

He highlighted her attributes as a "talented fashion designer" and someone who had raised money for Women's Refuge, but he had a sobering message for her.

"You've effectively ruined your own life and placed incredible strain on your very young children. They'll be growing up without their mother in their most formative years," the judge said.

Hyde's father and brother were in the High Court at Auckland for the sentencing and the family had not only emotionally supported her throughout the court process - she had left a $400,000 debt after her business folded, which they had covered.

Hyde was jailed for six years and four months but no minimum period of imprisonment was imposed as she was not seen as "a threat to the community".

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