Jodie Distelle Lindsay (left) was sentenced in Mackay District Court on Friday on charges of trafficking a dangerous drug and possessing a dangerous drug.
Jodie Distelle Lindsay (left) was sentenced in Mackay District Court on Friday on charges of trafficking a dangerous drug and possessing a dangerous drug.

Calen drug syndicate ‘saleswoman’ breaks down

THE "saleswoman" for a multimillion-dollar Calen drug syndicate broke down in tears as she was sentenced in Mackay District Court.

Single mother Jodie Distelle Lindsay played an integral role in her family's pot plot, selling marijuana to multiple customers while her brother, Anthony Howard Lindsay, and father, Howard Kerry Lindsay, tended to crops.

Police uncovered 8000 marijuana plants, with a street value of more than $20 million, hidden on a property at Calen last year.

 

Anthony Howard Lindsay (left) and Howard Kerry Lindsay have been sentenced over a multimillion-dollar marijuana crop at Calen. Photo: Peter Holt
Anthony Howard Lindsay (left) and Howard Kerry Lindsay have been sentenced over a multimillion-dollar marijuana crop at Calen. Photo: Peter Holt

"I miss my daughter terribly, I am so sorry for my actions," Jodie Distelle Lindsay told Judge Ian Dearden.

She appeared via video link from her jail cell, where she has been kept in custody for the past 370 days, and pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking a dangerous drug and possessing a dangerous drug.

Though she had no prior criminal convictions relating to drugs, she was found guilty of harbouring an escaped prisoner in 2015 when her father escaped from jail.

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Crown Prosecutor Alex Baker said this conviction, coupled with the commercial nature of the drug enterprise, was reason enough for a significant deterrent to be issued.

"Her role was the distributor, she would operate at a wholesale level selling to other dealers," Ms Baker said.

"She would sell up to five pounds of cannabis at a time, but inquiries for upwards of 100 pounds did occur.

"There was an agreed split of profits between the Lindsay clan, with Ms Lindsay receiving $500 from each pound supplied and her father and brother receiving $1000 each.

"While she did participate in an interview with police, she drastically played down her involvement in the operation."

 

Mackay police located a large-scale bush cannabis crop in the mountains near Calen.
Mackay police located a large-scale bush cannabis crop in the mountains near Calen.

Defence barrister Stephen Byrne said Lindsay's marijuana use first started after she gave birth to a stillborn child and escaped an abusive relationship.

She could not eat or sleep and turned to drugs to help her function.

"My client is now 36 and has a 10-year-old child who she misses dearly," Mr Byrne said.

"Her involvement with her father and brother came at a time when she was struggling both financially and emotionally.

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"She … was having difficulty making ends meet."

Mr Byrne urged Judge Dearden to take into consideration Lindsay's attempts at rehabilitation when handing down his sentence.

He said his client had completed a number of courses and worked in both the linen section and the COVID-19 unit while in prison.

Ms Lindsay was sentenced to five and a half years for drug trafficking and a further three months for possession.

She will be eligible for parole on November 24, 2020.



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