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Drug dealing-accused mother gets bail

Jodie Elizabeth Harrold, 38, from Mount Pleasant has been granted bail after trying to address drug problems.
Jodie Elizabeth Harrold, 38, from Mount Pleasant has been granted bail after trying to address drug problems. Facebook

A RELIEVED mother charged with drug dealing has been granted bail but warned she has few chances left.

Jodie Elizabeth Harrold of Mackay faced a raft of drug charges, many of which she allegedly committed while on bail.

Justice Peter Davis said the Mount Pleasant mother had no serious criminal history but was now accused of more than 30 offences carried out between June last year and August this year.

She was on bail when accused of offences including ice possession in December last year.

She was also charged with being in possession of a Taser.

On Tuesday, Brisbane Supreme Court heard the mother of three was at one point allegedly found with ice and more than $2500 cash.

She was arrested and refused bail, but then granted bail.

Then, in August this year, police carrying out a search warrant found drugs including ice and diazepam, also known as valium.

"There were what appeared to be ticksheets suggesting she was conducting a business of dealing in drugs," Justice Davis said.

The Crown believed Harrold presented an unacceptable risk of offending if granted bail.

"There does not seem to be a real concern about flight, or interfering with witnesses," Justice Davis said.

He said Harrold's bail breaches seemed to be the result of drug and alcohol use and a "life spiralling out of control".

The judge said Harrold's new bail conditions included what effectively amounted to a 9pm-6am curfew.

And Harrold now had a "mature attitude" to solving her problems, Justice Davis added.

"She has taken aggressive steps to address her substance abuse and other psychological problems."

Appearing by videolink, Harrold smiled and leaned back in relief when granted bail.

"You must realise of course that you don't have too many chances left," the judge said.

Harrold indicated she understood what he meant. -NewsRegional

Topics:  alcohol brisbane court drugs jodie elizabeth harrold justice peter davis mackay court mount pleasant taser



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