'Hopeless addict' drug seller jailed
A Hamilton woman battling a 12-year drug addiction was busted peddling methamphetamine, or "P", at Hamilton's SkyCity Casino.
But it wasn't until her sentencing in the Hamilton District Court on Monday - and a five-month stint in custody - that Renae Louise Giles, 26, started to realise she had been wasting her life, with a judge sending her to jail for three years and eight months.
Giles was caught about 7.30am on March 29 last year after police received information that she and her partner were supplying P to people at the casino.
They found Giles' partner in the driver's seat of his car with a rolled up $20 note - used to scoop P into bags - in one hand and a cellphone in the other. There was also a set of scales on the car's centre console. After he was arrested, police found a bag of P on his seat and after a search of the car they found $4300 cash and 10.2 grams of the drug.
He also had $1120 cash on him.
Police went upstairs in the casino and found Giles playing on a pokie machine.
She was also found with $300 cash and 12 clear plastic bags, many of 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.
Books used as "tick lists" were also found, as was phone evidence that showed Giles had been offering to supply P on a daily basis.
One message said there would be "repercussions" if she did not make a $1400 payment by the morning.
She was busted again - while waiting for trial - with five bags that had a total of 3.5g of P, and another tick list.
Crown prosecutor Sheila Cameron said Giles told police she had no regrets about her lifestyle which had her selling drugs for gangs, despite her losing custody of her 9-year-old son, who was being raised by her grandmother.
Giles' lawyer Kit Clews admitted Giles was a "hopeless addict" and her family "despaired" for her.
However, he said during her time in remand Giles had finally 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 called her lifestyle "a bit sad and pathetic".
"It's such a worthless enterprise with consequences that are just so severe."