Accused drug trafficker granted bail due to backlog
AN ACCUSED Hervey Bay drug trafficker has been granted bail because it might take 18 months until the Maryborough Supreme Court can hear her case.
Jodie Marie Bailey is facing numerous charges including drug trafficking after being arrested in February as part of a Fraser Coast-wide police operation.
Ms Bailey applied for bail in Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday.
The court heard police identified Ms Bailey during an operation that was targeting a different alleged drug dealer.
Between October 1, 2014, and December 13, 2014, Ms Bailey is alleged to have run a trafficking business dealing in small amounts of meth.
The court heard she sold between $500 and $1200.
Police tapped her phone and claim she used code words to run her alleged drug business.
She has been in custody since she was arrested on February 4, 2015 - when the police operation ended.
Justice Peter Flanagan heard Ms Bailey had a long drug history and may be behind bars for a long period if not bailed because of the lengthy time it will take for the Maryborough Supreme Court to hear the matter.
"Due to the lack of Supreme Court sitting in Maryborough (there could be) a delay up to 18 months," he said.
Crown prosecutor Will Slack said he was concerned Ms Bailey posed a risk of re-offending due to her drug habit.
Justice Flanagan said regular drug testing would detect any return to drugs and cause her to be returned to jail. He granted her bail.