A woman released from a two-year stint in jail quickly relapsed into her habits, including finding creative hiding places for her stash.
A woman released from a two-year stint in jail quickly relapsed into her habits, including finding creative hiding places for her stash.

Addict’s heroin stash where the sun don’t shine

A Toowoomba addict with a long history of drug offences across Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich and the Darling Downs was arrested just months after her release from a two-year stint in the slammer after racking up nine further offences, a court has heard.

Rangeville woman Nicole Leanne Fogarty, 32, pleaded guilty to nine offences on Thursday in Beenleigh Magistrates Court, including four counts of possessing dangerous drugs, two counts of possessing restricted drugs, possessing drug utensils, possessing a knife in a public place and failure to take reasonable care in respect of a syringe or needle.

The offences occurred in a five-week period from June 20 - July 30, with the last offence occurring in Beenleigh the day she was arrested.

After she was cuffed, Fogarty informed her arresting officers she had items to declare, and she extricated a small bag of heroin from "in her person".

Rangeville woman Nicole Leanne Fogarty, 32. Picture: Facebook
Rangeville woman Nicole Leanne Fogarty, 32. Picture: Facebook

It was not heard in open court which orifice the bag was contained within.

Before July 30, she had been busted three separate times with drugs or drug paraphernalia, including cannabis, MDMA, a used syringe, a pipe, and prescription drug melatonin.

This led to her parole, which was granted on April 20 after two-and-a-half years behind bars for more serious drug offences, being cancelled.

The court heard Fogarty had a 10-page criminal history of mostly drug matters.

Defence lawyer Bruce Affleck said when Fogarty was released from custody, it was "without much support".

He told the court when she was released, she went back to Toowoomba but felt "isolated" and failed to reconnect with her family, leading to a relapse.

Magistrate Kerrie O'Callaghan sentenced Fogarty to three months' jail, with immediate parole eligibility.

Originally published as Addict's heroin stash where the sun don't shine


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