AN East Albury woman described as “a street-level supplier” has been released on bail on the condition she go straight into rehab.
Jessee Lea Williams had already been out on bail on drug supply charges when she was arrested again early this month for committing further offences, and breaching the conditions of her release.
She appeared at Albury Local Court yesterday via video-link, where police opposed her fresh bail application, on the basis that the court “would have no faith whatsoever that she would comply”.
Williams, 21, of Campbell Court, was charged in August with five counts of knowingly taking part in supplying the drug “ice” and one of possession.
She was arrested when she drove to Culcairn to pick up Jesse James Clarke, 22, from a train — Clarke himself was arrested and faces 59 charges relating to a two-month operation monitoring drug supply in the region.
Williams was granted bail with conditions she comply with a nightly curfew and not contact Clarke, who remains in custody.
However, prosecutor Virginia Morgan said Williams had been in contact with Clarke more than 120 times since they were first arrested and had continued dealing drugs.
“She was granted bail on August 9 in very strict and abundantly clear terms,” Ms Morgan said.
“She was acutely aware of them and yet she disregarded them.”
Ms Morgan added ice was “an extremely dangerous drug”.
Williams’ solicitor Mark Cronin said while it was “fair to say she’s done herself no favours while on bail”, she was considered by police to be “a street-level supplier”.
He said Clarke had initiated contact with Williams from jail, but she conceded sending him letters.
Mr Cronin said her parents had made arrangements for her to attend a six-month full-time residential rehabilitation program in Wagga and that, as a first-time offender, her two weeks in custody had “reinforced the gravity of her situation”.
Magistrate David O’Connor released Williams on bail on a $1000 surety, on conditions including that she enter immediately into rehab, not contact Clarke, and be of good behaviour.
The matter will return to court on November 18.