Pink Lake 'user/dealer' jailed for 14 months

A 29-year-old Pink Lake woman has been jailed for 14 months after pleading guilty to possessing meth with intent to sell or supply it.

Amanda Webster was sentenced by District Court Judge Mark Herron in Esperance Courthouse on June 12.

State prosecutor Sarah Jessup told the court that on September 20, 2018 at 7.55am Esperance Detectives and Police searched Webster's home in Pink Lake.

The offender was present and told police she had meth in her possession.

She showed them a black case containing nine clipseal bags, with a total of 22.52 grams of meth.

Police also located another clipseal bag with 2.99 grams of meth.

Webster admitted ownership of that bag, but said that she gave it to her partner so "he would stop annoying her every 10 minutes".

In total, there were 25.51 grams of the drug, with a purity of 73 per cent.

Webster's lawyer Sharleena Ramdhas said her client took responsibility for her actions and did not want to blame her childhood.

However, Ms Ramdhas said Webster had struggled at school due to then-undiagnosed conditions and said her parents were alcoholics during her upbringing.

Webster was born in Kalgoorlie and schooled in Esperance until Year 9, when she left to do an apprenticeship in upholstery.

She has been employed as a horse trainer and a car detailer.

Ms Ramdhas said her client had first used meth at 14 years of age due to an abusive relationship with a previous boyfriend.

She said Webster had repeatedly fallen back into meth use in her adult life.

"Because of poor coping mechanisms, Ms Webster returned to using methylamphetamine. Her use was increasing to the point that it ultimately led her to becoming a very low-level user-dealer to support her habit and her partner's habit," she said.

Ms Ramdhas said her client had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, co-operated with police, attended drug counselling and stopped using meth.

She said Webster was remorseful of the effect exposure to drugs would have on her children and stepchildren.

Ms Ramdhas said her client understood the only appropriate sentence was a term of immediate imprisonment, but said as a mother of young children she remained hopeful "by some miracle, there might be some other penalty".

Ms Jessup accepted the offender had pleaded guilty at an early stage and said her record was not significant.

However, the prosecution said Webster's addiction and the impact a jail sentence would have on her family were not causes for leniency.

"I have no doubt this will have a devastating impact on her children and her stepchildren, but those consequences are hers and hers to bear alone, and she cannot expect leniency because her offending is going to impact on those people," Ms Jessup said.

Judge Herron said he was sentencing Webster as a "user/dealer but above the street level", due to the amount of drugs she was selling.

The judge made the offender eligible for parole after serving half her sentence or seven months in jail.