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Ice trafficker jailed after failing to deal with own habit

An ice trafficker caught after a covert phone-tap operation has been jailed after failing to deal with her own habit. 

Thuy Thi Thu Tran, 27, was arrested in March after police raided her Bruce property.

She was found with a stash of ice and $9645 cash, stored in various places around the home. 

The court heard that Tran supplied the drugs to another man, Yan Cui, 34, who then sold the ice to other customers. When arrested, she said she was self-employed, claiming to do manicures for friends and receiving money through Centrelink.

She pleaded guilty to drugs charges and appeared before Justice John Burns for sentencing on Friday. 

The court was told Tran was not just a "subsistence supplier" who sold drugs to feed her own habit, but was making a small profit. 


Justice Burns said he had delayed Tran's sentencing for months to give her the chance to prove she could deal with her drug habit. 

"You did not take that opportunity," he told her.

The court heard she first took to drugs to help cope with the death of her father.

Her offences put her in breach of four good behaviour orders.

Justice Burns said her rehabilitation prospects were "problematic".

He said she had served 56 days in prison, which had not taught her a lesson.

"That did not seem to provide you with the motivation to deal with your drug addiction."

He sentenced Tran to 16 months' imprisonment, with a non-parole period of eight months. 

The sentence will take into account her time served.