Police chase dealer to toilet

WHEN police had to force their way into a Camira home, the young mum living there with her three-year-old daughter was initially co-operative.

But things turned ugly halfway through an interview with detectives when Amanda May Sheppard, 22, fled upstairs and tried to lock herself in a toilet.

The officer ran after Sheppard and stopped her from shutting the door as she clutched on to a handbag.

A second officer came to help get it but Sheppard punched one in the chest and started struggling violently.

She tore the officer's notebook and dropped her bag in the toilet.

She was finally arrested and taken downstairs where she tried to stomp on and smash a mobile phone,

Police later found text messages with a drug-dealing flavour.

Inside the bag, which had to be retrieved from the toilet bowl, police found just under 80g of cannabis, 0.071g of methamphetamine and 10 tablets.

Sheppard's defence argued his client had "panicked" when police arrived, which is why she fled.

But Magistrate Michael Quinn said Sheppard had demonstrated a "criminal mind to attempt to destroy so much evidence".

Mr Quinn also noted the woman was on probation for an identical offence of supplying drugs when she committed the offence.

Sheppard pleaded guilty to supplying and possessing dangerous drugs, assaulting police, possessing utensils and things used in commission of a crime.

The woman's defence lawyer said she had only started dealing again for a short period of time to feed her own habit.

She was sentenced to three months prison wholly suspended for 12 months and fined $750.



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