A Coastal mother who allegedly ran a “not-for-profit” methamphetamine business in the North-West has pleaded guilty to charges of drug trafficking and selling stolen firearms.
Acton’s Zoe Leanne Whiley appeared before the Burnie Supreme Court on Thursday via video link from Mary Hutchinson Women’s Prison where she is serving a 12-month sentence for her part in an assault.
The 38-year-old was caught back in January, when police searched her home and found 18 grams of methamphetamine stashed in her bra, handbag, shed and car glovebox, as well as ice pipes and scales.
The Court heard Ms Whiley did not commit any more offences for a short time, until police intercepted her car in the early hours of March 11 and found more than 50 grams of ice and about $3000 of cash.
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The 38-year-old shook her head as Crown Prosecutor Katie Edwards alleged Ms Whiley had run a “high-level commercial business”, selling more than $50,000 worth of methamphetamine over a six week period during February and March.
“You make me look like a dog,” she mumbled.
Ms Whiley’s defence lawyer told the court his client had not run the business for profit, but to finance her own addiction.
“It’s really covering her costs … she’s not really making money,” he said.
He described Ms Whiley’s encounter with police during her arrest in March as “very frank and honest”.
“The ziplock bags, the ice pipe in the car, she has offered them up without trying to hide anything,” he said.
“She consumes more than she gets rid of.”
Ms Whiley also pleaded guilty to trafficking firearms which were allegedly stolen from a property at Boat harbour Beach on January 11 and 12.
The Crown alleged three guns were delivered to Ms Whiley’s Acton property, where one was discovered by police in the boot of her partner’s car.
Tamara Sue Reeve, 32, formerly of Boat Harbour, faced the same court on charges of aggravated theft. She plead guilty to stealing the three guns and a variety of tools from a property at Boat Harbour.
Justice Robert Pearce said Ms Whiley would likely face a long term of imprisonment.
Both Ms Whiley and Ms Reeve are due to be sentenced on September 18.