Meth-dealing spray tanner escapes without jail time
A SUNSHINE Coast spray tanner and convicted meth trafficker has escaped serving time behind bars but her drug-addicted lover did not fare as well.
Julia-Kate Alison Sparks, 22, pleaded guilty on Monday in the Brisbane Supreme Court to a drug trafficking charge stemming from an offence committed between June and July, 2012, at Buderim.
Her partner Michael David Scott, 27, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, possession, weapons and property charges as a result of offences committed between March and August, 2012, at Buderim and Glenview on the Sunshine Coast.
Crown Prosecutor Sarah Klemm told the court Sparks and Scott had relevant criminal histories involving drugs, but Scotts' was much worse and included a conviction in 2012 when he was placed on 18 months probation.
She told the court Scott was the main player in the drug business he had established.
"He came to police attention through a telephone intercept and conversation with another person who police were targeting," she said.
"It became apparent he was purchasing large quantities of methamphetamines before cutting it down and selling it to at least four main wholesalers who then sold it to other people.
"He also supplied small amounts of ecstasy, cannabis and GHB."
Ms Klemm told the court Sparks had taken drug orders from three people she worked with and placed orders with Scott who she was living with at the time.
Sparks' barrister Stephen Courtney argued her involvement was minimal and she did not know the extent of Scott's offending or drug addiction.
"She grew up at Rainbow Beach before moving to the Sunshine Coast where she met Scott," he said.
"She says she was only a recreational drug user.
"Ultimately she says she was young and dumb."
Scott's barrister Malcolm Harrison said his client had been diagnosed with several mental illnesses and had an unfortunate upbringing.
He said the money he was making from trafficking was used to fuel his own drug addiction.
"My client is clearly a damaged individual and that is evident from the psychiatrist's report," he said.
"He had a very chaotic upbringing."
Justice Alan Wilson accepted Sparks' involvement was minimal and she was not aware of the level of Scott's offending or his drug addiction.
He sentenced her to two years in jail but wholly suspended it for a period of three years.
Justice Wilson sentenced Scott to six years behind bars and ordered he be eligible for parole after serving two years of the sentence.
Sparks gave Scott a hug and kiss before he was led away to the cells in the basement of the court complex