News

Court rules Ipswich hairdresser just a pawn in drug ring

BUSTED: Ipswich hairdresser Grace Elizabeth Hadlow, now 20, was discovered supplying drugs during a covert operation into the Bandidos. She was given probation after pleading guilty.
BUSTED: Ipswich hairdresser Grace Elizabeth Hadlow, now 20, was discovered supplying drugs during a covert operation into the Bandidos. She was given probation after pleading guilty. Contributed

AN IPSWICH hairdresser inadvertently caught dealing drugs by a covert police investigation into a Bandidos Motorcycle Club drug trafficking ring has walked free from court.

Grace Elizabeth Hadlow, now 20, pleaded guilty on Monday in the Brisbane Supreme Court to drug supply and possession between May and June, 2012.

Crown prosecutor Patrina Colhessy told the court Hadlow came to the attention of police who were targeting the club.

She said her boyfriend at the time, who later became her husband, had extensive links to the criminal organisation and had a lengthy criminal history.

"It was through police phone intercepts her involvement became apparent," she said.

"She was caught on the police intercepts being requested to take drugs to her 42-year-old boyfriend.

"When her boyfriend was detained after a raid, she took some drug-related property, namely mobile phones and scales, from the house and stashed them at her mother's place."

Ms Colhessy said Hadlow's now husband was convicted of drug trafficking earlier this year and sentenced to seven years jail.

Defence barrister James McNab told the court Hadlow was in the process of ending her marriage.

"She has grown up significantly over the past two years," he said.

"She has taken some positive steps towards rehabilitation.

"She has nearly completed a Certificate III in retail operations through her current employer Hairhouse Warehouse in Ipswich."

Justice David Boddice sentenced Hadlow to 18 months' probation.

He said he accepted she was under the influence of an older man at the time and given her age may not have had the ability to say no to him.

"Your involvement was significantly less than that of your partner's," Justice Boddice said.

"I hope you take advantage of this opportunity you have been given and do not appear before a court again."

Justice Boddice ordered no conviction was to be recorded.

Topics:  bandidos motorcycle club brisbane supreme court supplying and possessing dangerous drugs



"We've real concerns": Anger at coal dust at Ipswich station

CRUNCH TIME: Jim Prentice, Clean Air Ipswich, wants action on coal dust.

Concerned citizens plan action before next state election

Puppy seller rubbishes dog law changes

POUND PUPPY: This little pig-dog cross is one of dozens of puppies that may be put down if no home is found for them, or they remain unclaimed by their owner. Photo Lisa Machin / Dalby Herald

Council say the new rules are designed to stamp out puppy farming

Game, set and match: No more Ipswich Open

BASE LINE: The Ipswich Open tennis tournament will no longer be held at the George Alder Tennis Centre after the current committee made the tough decision to cancel the annual event.

Tournament volunteers call time on tennis legacy

Local Partners

National breakfast show to film live in Ipswich

Roving Robbo homeward bound as Studio 10 comes to town

Top Gun 2 movie is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Top Gun.

TOM Cruise delights fans with announcement on Sunrise.

The first Baywatch movie reviews are in

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

Critics were less than impressed.

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

Stacey Louise’s sex lie destroys her relationship.

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life.

Why Crowe’s thankful for those ‘bulls**t’ rumours

Russell Crowe and Terri Irwin in 2007.

Crowe and Terri Irwin have been dodging dating rumours for years now

MOVIE REVIEW: King Arthur - Legend of the Sword

Charlie Hunnam in a scene from the movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Why the critics have got Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur all wrong.

Concert death toll revised up to 22, tour suspended

There have been multiple confirmed deaths after 'explosions' heard at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

"We saw blood on people when we got outside."

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!