Drug mum avoids jail – again

A WARWICK mother of three gambled with her freedom when she was caught in possession of drugs while serving a suspended prison sentence.

Justine Stacy Close appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court last week, where she pleaded guilty to possessing dangerous drugs.

Police last month observed a silver Kia motor vehicle with two females inside pull up at a Grafton St residence which was known to police.

The police prosecutor told the court police suspected the vehicle was being used for drug-related activity.

Close's passenger, Warwick woman Rochelle Ann Forster, was observed by police to walk to the door of the residence, only to return to the car a short time later and take off.

Police intercepted the vehicle and located a small clip-seal bag containing about 3g of marijuana in a handbag belonging to Forster.

Defence counsel for the 31-year-old Close told the court the outing was far from successful for his client, who was on a 12-month suspended sentence until July, 2012.

Close was fined $300 and the operational period of her suspended prison sentence for previous offences was extended until October 2012.

Close's partner in crime also appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court last week, where she pleaded guilty to possessing both dangerous drugs and smoking utensils.

Although Forster refused to divulge where she got the drugs from, the court heard she did admit to police that she intended to return to Close's property and smoke the marijuana with her.

The court heard police also located a bong and pipe from 34-year-old Forster's bedroom and she later admitted to regularly smoking the drug three times a day.

Forster, a mother of two with no previous criminal history, was placed on a $400 good behaviour bond and was ordered to undergo drug diversion counselling.


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