RAIDED: A pregnant mum appeared in court over several drug charges. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News
RAIDED: A pregnant mum appeared in court over several drug charges. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News

Pregnant mum had house raided for drugs twice in three months

NOELLEN May Nicol’s extensive history with drugs began when she was just 12 years old.

Now, at 33, the pregnant mother of two has become fully embroiled in the world of drugs and was the subject of two major police searches for drugs in the community.

Police prosecutor senior constable Jodie Tahana told Dalby Magistrates Court Nicol’s house had been searched twice in three months this year.

Snr const Tahana said on January 30, the Murgon Criminal Investigation Branch and the Child Protection and Investigation Unit conducted a Police Powers and Responsibilities Act search on Nicol’s address.

Nicol told police she had a bong in her bedroom, but they went on to find three pipes, 0.7 grams of marijuana, and 0.86 grams of methylamphetamines.

On February 25, Nicole was granted bail and required to appear in court on March 10 but failed to attend the court date.

On March 16 police attended Nicol’s address where she told police she had attempted to “surrender herself into custody” but there was no warrant for her arrest.

On March 7 at 12.50pm, the Dalby CIB conducted a PPRA search warrant on Nicol’s address where they found a glass pipe in the dining room, and clip seal bags, a capped syringe, 1.2 grams of marijuana, and a second quantity of clip seal bags in the master bedroom.

Nicol told police she was about to use the syringe when police arrived, so she pushed out the contents of the syringe and failed to dispose it.

Duty lawyer Claire Graham told the court her client was currently 22 weeks pregnant and had been diagnosed with BPD and schizophrenia.

Ms Graham said despite her client’s lengthy history with drugs, she had experienced extended periods where she was clean.

Child safety had recently become involved with Nicol so she was being drug tested consistently, and Ms Graham added her client had completed an intensive corrections order, which was “very rare”.

Nicol pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing utensils that had been used, three counts of possessing dangerous drugs, failure to appear in accordance with an undertaking, failure to take reasonable care and precautions in respect of syringe or needle, and possessing anything for use in the commission of a crime.

Magistrate Roger Stark fined Nicol $950 in total for all offences.

Convictions were recorded.


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