Mum who sold drugs to make 'easy money' ends up in jail

TEN months trafficking methylamphetamine and all Hayley Anne Leppien has to show for it is a four-year jail sentence.

The Supreme Court of Rockhampton yesterday heard how the mother of five sold the dangerous drugs to her friends to make some "easy money".

But the plan just put the 34-year-old in more debt.

Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips told the court Leppien failed to make a profit from her unsophisticated enterprise, which spanned from October 2010 to August 2011.

Mr Phillips said police found drug paraphernalia and a notebook containing the details of her transactions when they executed a search warrant on her Blackwater home.

Leppien made full admissions to police.

The court heard she originally bought $3000 worth of speed, splitting it into smaller amounts for sale.

She continued to buy the substance from her supplier every couple of months, which eventually turned into every couple of weeks.

Defence solicitor Doug Winning said this endeavour led to a personal drug problem for his client, as well as the breakdown of her marriage.

Leppien also pleaded guilty to producing a dangerous drug alongside her new partner Daniel Jeremiah Malone, 26.

Leppien was sentenced to four years' jail with a parole eligibility date set at November 18 next year.

Malone received a two-year jail term.

He will be released from prison on parole on June 30 next year.


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