Our client was charged with trafficking in a commercial quantity of methylamphetamine after approximately 35 grams of powder was located in her motor vehicle after she had been involved in a motor vehicle accident. The maximum penalty for that offence at the time was a fine of $200,000 and imprisonment for 25 years.
3.1 grams of white powder was located in a snap seal bag. A further 30.7 grams of white powder was located in a cylindrical metal container. A number of other press seal bags were located which had small amounts of residual powder located in them. Forensic analysis revealed that the 3.1 grams of powder contained 0.38 grams of methylamphetamine. Analysis also revealed that the 30.7 grams of powder was glucose, commonly used as a cutting agent.
Our client’s instructions were that the drugs were for her own personal use. We were able to have the charge withdrawn and our client was referred to drug counselling.