A SYDNEY woman has been released from jail after spending more than a year in jail on remand for supplying drugs.
Ronica Thong was arrested in Albury on April 13 last year and has been on remand while the Director of Public Prosecutions office finalised her case.
She finally appeared in the District Court at Albury on Thursday for sentencing for of supplying more than a commercial quantity of drug.
Judge Stephen Walmsley jailed Thong for three years with a minimum period a year, three months and 26 days, allowing her immediate release from custody.
She will remain on parole until April 12, 2015.
Drug squad detectives arrested Thong, 31, of Liverpool, who was driving in Waugh Road, Albury, about 9am on April 13 last year.
Police saw a man in the passenger seat and signalled for Thong to pull over.
They saw an occupant in the car lean slightly backwards towards the centre of the car between the front seats and appear to push something backwards.
They were unable to say which of the two occupants did it.
Thong said she owned the car. The two occupants got out of the car and it was searched.
Police found a denim bag on the back floor with various items in it, including a plastic bag containing greyish-blue tablets.
Analysis later revealed the tablets were the hallucinogenic drug 4-bromo-2, 5-dimethoxyphenethylamine.
Police also found a mobile phone box on the driver’s side of the vehicle which contained a re-sealable bag containing the same type of tablets. They also found two smaller freezer bags with more tablets.
The weight of the drugs was 38.5 grams.
The man denied any knowledge of the drugs and said he was getting a ride to a friend’s place.
A check revealed Thong was a disqualified driver at the time.
She had received a three-year ban on March 19 last year.
She was remanded in custody and had remained there until yesterday’s sentencing.