How meth queenpin built $57k-a-week trafficking empire
A Gold Coast methamphetamine queenpin dealt up to $57,000 of ice weekly, buried kilos of drugs in her backyard, poured drugs down the sink and tried to stuff $80,000 in her daughter's bag when arrested, and chased drug debts while incarcerated, a court has heard.
Burleigh Heads woman Allira Jade Campbell, 36, was sentenced in Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday to 13 offences.
They included trafficking in ice, possessing 750g pure of the drug, supplying GHB six times, attempting to pervert the course of justice, destroying evidence, failing to provide passcodes for mobile phones and possessing a used glass pipe, inter alia.
The court heard Campbell's period of trafficking occurred between June 14 - December 4, 2019, when she was arrested following a search warrant of a Robina residence.
Her current period of trafficking commenced just three months after her release on parole, on March 18, 2019, for a previous offence of trafficking ice, for which she was jailed for five years on July 26, 2017.
On that previous occasion, Campbell was dealing to users - this time, however, she had upgraded to supplying other dealers in ounces at a time.
Crown prosecutor Matt Hynes told the court Campbell had 25 customers the Crown could prove.
"We can't discern the true revenue or profit from the operation, other than to say when she spoke on phone (during an intercepted call), she said she was earning up to $57,000 a week," he said.
"People would drop off drugs on her behalf and collect money.
"She didn't directly threaten customers but spoke to (her agents) about the need to inflict violence in future.
"There was a level of sophistication - she was using a cipher phone, which cannot be hacked into."
At one point during the trafficking period, Campbell evaded police when they attempted to pull her car over, then swore a false statutory declaration claiming an associate was driving and fled police, leading to the charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
When police executed the search warrant in December 2019, they found, consistent with their intelligence, 1kg of substance containing 757g pure methamphetamine buried in her backyard, the court heard, worth between $105,000 -$500,000 depending on how it was sold.
Meanwhile, during the search warrant, Campbell poured a quantity of GHB down her sink and attempted to slip $80,000 cash into her daughter's bag under the guise of giving her a hug.
Police discovered six mobile phones, only one of which they were able to access - Campbell refused to provide passcodes to the others.
Mr Hynes said the fact police were only able to access one phone meant they only had a "window" into Campbell's criminal activities, rather than the whole picture.
Mr Hynes submitted Campbell showed no remorse for her offending, despite her guilty plea, reading onto the record a snippet of a phone call recorded from prison on January 2, 2020.
Mr Hynes said she also continued to chase drug debts while incarcerated in pre-sentence custody and bragged to friends about how much she had gotten away with it.
Justice Francis Williams sentenced Campbell to 10 years' imprisonment, eliciting sobs from her family support in the back of the court.
The 10-year sentence means she will be forced to serve 80 per cent of the sentence before she is eligible for parole.
Combined with the time still required to be served for her previous sentence for drug trafficking, activated due to her current offences, Campbell will not be eligible for parole until January 6, 2031.
Originally published as Meth queenpin earning $57K a week busted selling ice to dealers