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Mum and daughter face court for meth operation

TEXTING between mother and daughter isn't usually considered criminal activity.

But text messages were used as evidence against a mother and daughter accused of operating a street-level meth dealing operation around the Rockhampton region.

Priscilla Ethel C'Ward pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court at Rockhampton yesterday to trafficking methamphetamines.

The 49-year-old also pleaded guilty to two charges of perjury relating to giving false testimony on December 4 in 2013, as well as charges of possession of meth in 2013, possession of a phone used to carry out drug deals and contravening a police order.

The court heard how C'Ward and her daughter Carissa Jae Robertson had communicated to each other and a third person about their deals, making reference to a lot of demand for drugs, new customers and sales relating to half a gram up to several grams of methamphetamines, with financial transactions up to $2300.

On one occasion there was talk of a large purchase from a secure location that might be worth their while, the Crown prosecutor told the court. He said on another occasion there were comments of frustration that C'Ward was taking all of Robertson's customers, with C'Ward suggesting her daughter get her own customers and make a name for herself.

The Crown prosecutor explained C'Ward was a drug user herself and that formed part of her business, but there was more to it than that, with a purpose to make money from it too.

C'ward's defence lawyer said her second husband had introduced her to the drug scene.

Robertson was not in court yesterday, unable to make her way to Rockhampton from her current Townsville location, and has yet to make a plea.

C'Ward has already served almost 400 days in custody.

The remainder of the hearing was adjourned to Townsville on June 10 to enable the matter to be dealt with at the same time as Robertson.

Justice David North said the use of video link to the Rockhampton court on that date would secure continuity in the case and save costs.

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