Jail term slashed

A DRUG trafficker had her jail term slashed to a little more than five months after yesterday appealing the sentence at a sitting of the County Court in Mildura.

In November last year, Samantha Watson was sentenced to 14 months, with a non-parole period of eight months, for trafficking and possessing methamphetamine, and fined $600 for driving while suspended, after pleading guilty to all charges.

However, a charge of failing to comply with direction to assist, which attracted two-month jail term, was yesterday struck out. 

The matters related to two incidents, one in October whereby she was the passenger in a vehicle when it was intercepted by police in a driveway on Sixteenth Street, Mildura.

Watson had entered the home and asked its occupants to help conceal a black bag, but when they refused she threw the bag, later found to contain methamphetamine, behind their letterbox. 

While she was inside the home, police searched her co-accused’s vehicle and found $14,000 cash which he claimed was earned working for his father and gambling.

The pair were arrested and when Watson exited the police divvy van, a bag of meth fell from her dress, later weighed at 2g.

The total amount of methamphetamine located in the October incident was 41g.

In December, Watson was also pulled over by police along Commercial Street in Merbein and was found to have a suspended licence.

During a search of her handbag, police found two deal bags containing 1.59g of meth.

When she appealed the sentence imposed by the Mildura Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Judge John Smallwood reduced the jail term to 156 days, already served.

However, she will serve four additional days for breach of a community corrections order, after which she will enter a rehabilitation program.

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