Diabetic caught with drugs

ALMOST totally blind, Jacqueline Annette Briggs had enlisted the aid of a teenager to help her weigh and package marijuana which she had intended selling, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

Police had arrived at the 40-year-old's James St residence on December 23 to find Briggs and an 18-year-old man seated at the kitchen table packing marijuana into small plastic bags, the court heard.

A subsequent search of the home found 19 small plastic bags and a set of electric scales on the kitchen table and a total 58.6g of marijuana, prosecutor Sergeant Alison McKee told the court.

Briggs told police she had intended selling 1.5g bags of marijuana for $25 each and that because she was visually impaired she had a friend helping her weigh and bag the drug.

She pleaded guilty to producing and possessing a dangerous drug and possessing anything (electronic scales) used in the commission of a crime.

Her solicitor David Burns said his client was a Type 1 diabetic who received dialysis for renal failure three times a week and was almost blind.

She had no previous history of drug offending and had been co-operative with police and candid in her admissions, Mr Burns said.

The 18-year-old accomplice had received a fine, the court heard.

Remarking her enterprise was "not insignificant", Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist convicted Briggs and fined her $1000.



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