Gladstone soccer mum jailed for selling drugs

THERE was a time Michelle Lisa Hardwick described herself as a soccer mum.

Yet the Gladstone mum is not going to see her children playing sport for a long time, after she was sentenced to five years prison for drug trafficking.

Hardwick certainly looked like any ordinary 44-year-old woman as she pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Supreme Court on Friday to one count of trafficking and four of supplying a dangerous drug.

However, defence barrister Tom Polley described her life as one of living with a number of violent partners, and alcohol and drug addiction from an early age, which included the abuse of cannabis, acid and methamphetamines.

Although she had periods of being drug free, including seven years following her marriage when she was 29, Hardwick took up using methamphetamines again and started selling to fund her own habit.

While supplying methamphetamines and 50% pure cocaine to an undercover policeman in 2012, Hardwick spoke about a $5000 a week drug habit and having access to a wide range of drugs.

Justice Duncan McMeekin said there was a conclusion of a high level of trafficking over eight months.

"It remains clear this was a substantial business," Justice McMeekin said.

A parole date of February 14, 2016 was set.



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