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Woman received shot of methamphetamine for 12th birthday

ON her 12th birthday, Mt Morgan woman Carleen Barrett received a present most young ones don't expect.

A shot of methamphetamine.

That shot was to be the start and source of the 32-year-old's habitual drug problems, particularly with methamphetamine, in the years to come.

Barrett pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court on Friday to a string of drug charges, including unlawfully supplying methamphetamine and oxycontin.

Legal officer for the Crown Alexandra Baker described the defendant as playing the role of "making connections" and organising the transactions between drug buyers and dealers.

The police searched her house in February of this year but she wasn't home.

They subsequently attended Rockhampton Hospital (where it's believed Barrett was located) and performed a search of her car.

Ms Baker said police officers found a "tick" book, which contained names of people and details relating to personal loans.

The court heard people often contacted Barrett for drugs and she would make those connections to dealers.

Ms Baker told the court buyers often contacted Barrett for drugs so she would arrange a man to drive her to Rockhampton to meet the dealer.

Upon meeting, the dealer would supply her 0.1g of methamphetamine, which was colloquially known as a point.

In exchange for driving her, Barrett would give half of that point to her driver.

Defence barrister Tom Polley said his client had an "unfortunate" upbringing.

He told the court Barrett's mother ended up in a relationship with a man who was a habitual drug and alcohol user; and was violent.

Mr Polley said when the man left Barrett's mother, the latter was violent towards her children.

The court heard Barrett subsequently ended up on the streets at the age of 11. It was on her 12th birthday when a friend's father injected Barnett with a shot of methamphetamine.

The defendant subsequently ended up in foster care.

Outside the Rockhampton Courthouse, Barrett told the Morning Bulletin she was grateful to have been given the opportunity to spend another day with her children.

"If you're doing drugs, methamphetamine or anything else, get off it now ... it's not worth it," she said. "I've been seeing a counsellor and the sessions have helped me a lot." Chief Judge Kerry O'Brien sentenced Barrett to nine months imprisonment. She was released on parole.

Topics:  drugs, mount morgan, rockhampton district court



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