Drug trafficking Darling Downs mum put in jail

A YOUNG mother will spend the next nine months away from her family after being jailed for trafficking in the illicit drug ice.

Dalby woman Latoya Zoe Holland, 26, was addicted to methylamphetamine and had resorted to selling the drug to others in what Justice Martin Burns described as "street level" dealing.

Over the two-month period between January 9 and March 10 last year, Holland had dealt the drug to at least 11 regular customers to whom she had sold the drug for between $100 and $750, Toowoomba Supreme Court heard.

Crown prosecutor Mark Whitbread told the court police investigations revealed the mother of one had supplied the drug 26 times over about 10 days during the offending period.

Holland had initially been charged with supplying the drug after a police search of the home she shared with her partner and young son in January last year had found a note book with alleged recorded drug sales in it.

Granted bail for those charges, she was charged with trafficking two months later when further police investigations found she had continued her drug activities even while on bail, the court heard.

Justice Burns said of concern was that police had found evidence on her mobile phone that Holland had actively canvassed the sale of drugs to others after she had acquired a supply, sending text messages to prospective buyers such as "I've got some nice rock here".

Accepting she was an addict herself and that selling the drug was to support her habit, Justice Burns said there was no evidence she was seeking help for her addiction.

"There is nothing before me to suggest you are doing anything about it (drug addiction)," he said to Holland who stood quietly in the court dock during sentencing submissions.

After she was charged with trafficking, Holland had been taken into custody and had spent 93 days in pre-sentence custody before obtaining release on bail in June last year.

With her partner looking on from the court's public gallery, Holland was sentenced to three years in jail.

However, Justice Burns ordered the term be suspended after she had served 12 months, minus the three months she had already spent in pre-sentence custody, and then be subject to three years probation.

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