Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Meth Mum Sold Drugs to Pay off Her Water Bill

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Meth Mum Sold Drugs to Pay off Her Water Bill

Article excerpt

A TROUBLED Sunshine Coast mum who started using drugs when she was nine has avoided jail for trafficking meth and marijuana.

Katelyn Alicia Chappell had lost her waitressing job at a Caloundra cafe and was struggling to provide for her children when a foray into drug sales to pay off a water bill led to an ongoing business.

Brisbane Supreme Court heard Chappell was making up to $600 a week in meth sales. The marijuana she grew and sold was to support her own habit.

She was traced through calls to a local dealer whose phone was being recorded by police.

A search of her home uncovered four marijuana plants and a "tick sheet" of customers and the amount of money they owed.

Defence barrister Kate McMahon said her client had cut ties with the dealer and stopped selling drugs before police came knocking.

She said if her client had not been so honest with police, they would not have had a strong case against her.

Chappell's childhood was said to have been marred by violence and alcohol abuse. …

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