A Hamilton woman battling a 12-year drug addiction was busted peddling P at Hamilton's Sky City Casino.
But it was only up until her sentencing in the Hamilton District Court on Friday - and a five month stint in custody - that 26-year-old Renae Louise Giles has started to realise how she has been wasting her life.
Giles now gets to spend the next three years and eight months working out how to rid her life of drugs.
Giles was busted by police after receiving information that she and her partner were supplying P to people at the casino about 7.30am on March 29, last year.
Police arrived and found Giles' partner in the driver's seat of his car with a rolled up $20 note - often used to scoop P into point bags. There was also a set of scales on the centre console.
Police also found a point bag of P on his seat.
After a search of the car police found $4,300 cash and 10.2 grams of P. He also had $1,120 cash on him.
Police went upstairs and found Giles playing on a pokie machine.
She was also found with $300 cash and 12 clear plastic snap-lock bags, many which had P residue.
Police then searched the pair's house and found a butane burner, $240 cash, a pipe, seven empty snap-lock bags and another bag containing a blue crystalline cube. Two exercise books labelled "tick list" and "Renae" were also found that held details of drug transactions.
She was also stopped on August 27 - while awaiting trial - while driving on Wellington St. Police found 49 small unused point bags, eight bags with residue and five point bags which had a total of 3.5gm of P. She also had another tick list.
Crown prosecutor Sheila Cameron said Giles told police she had no regrets over her lifestyle in which she had been selling drugs for gangs. She also admitted to having a gambling problem.
She had also lost custody of her nine-year-old son who was being brought up by her grandmother, who was in court to support her, along with her mother.
Giles' counsel Kit Clews admitted she was a "hopeless addict" and her family "dispaired" for her.
However, during her time in remand she had finallly realised she wanted to turn her life around.
Judge Phillip Connell told Giles she was putting her life in jeopardy by dealing in drugs. He praised her family for standing by her.
He accepted a letter written by Giles to him was legitimate remorse.
Judge Connell labelled herlifestyle - of making money to fund her drug addiction - as "a bit sad and pathetic".
"It's such a worthless enterprise with consequences that are just so severe."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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