No conviction for Bendigo ice, MDMA dealer

A BENDIGO woman found in possession of 31.7 grams of various crystal substances, believed to be MDMA, and 10 millilitres of GHB during a police raid on a Barnard Street residence has avoided conviction in court.

The 20-year-old pleaded guilty in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to four charges, including trafficking ice.

She was arrested during the raid on August 3, which was targeting one of her housemates.

The house was described as a “halfway house” and the woman said she sold ice and other drugs to her friends in order to fund her ice habit, and as a “social thing”.

She spends $500 per fortnight on drugs.

In the police interview, she said she used ice as a coping mechanism for mental health issues and would sell the drug cheap to her friends.

“I don’t do it to make money,” she said.

“I’m a generous, caring friend. Sometimes I make a note of it, sometimes I don’t.”

The woman was fined $2000 without conviction.