Stop dealing in P or lose child - judge

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 07/03/2014

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A "toxic relationship with a seasoned criminal" could cost a New Plymouth drug dealer custody of her child, a Taranaki judge has warned.

Chelsea Ann Cave, 25, admitted dealing methamphetamine and cannabis jointly with Reece Maxwell, 28, at their home.

Maxwell is already serving 23 months' jail.

During Cave's sentencing in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday, Judge Allan Roberts said there was evidence at the couple's home that the two were involved in commercial drug dealing.

The police found two tick lists, scales, scoops, $7000 in cash, 1.6g of meth and 18.5g of cannabis.

Judge Roberts said the two were both addicts at the time and their dependency needs were met by dealing.

"Your association with Maxwell is a bad one. He is a seasoned criminal and nowhere do I see this toxic association is at an end."

He transposed a 21-month jail sentence to 10 months' home detention to focus on rehabilitation.

Cave was ordered to attend an alcohol and drug treatment programme or any others recommended.

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