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Drug trafficker is released after 167 long days being prison bars

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June 14, 2017

A WOMAN caught trafficking ice and ecstasy has been released from custody after serving 176 days in prison.

A WOMAN caught trafficking ice and ecstasy has been released from custody after serving 176 days in prison.

Katelyn Wandin, 23, appeared in custody in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to the drug trafficking charges.

The court heard Wandin was found in Master’s Hut, Gunbower, on December 13, 2016 by a Parks Victoria employee. Police prosecutor Senior Constable Chris Jones said police were called and arrived at 11.50pm.

‘‘Police searched the hut and found large quantities of illicit substances along with scales, and unused zip lock bags,’’ he said. ‘‘There was 28.17g of methamphetamine and 57.68g of MDMA or ecstasy in tablet and powder form.

‘‘There was also $8150 cash which is expected was proceeds of crime.’’

Magistrate Sarah Leighfield said this was not the first time Wandin had been dealt with on trafficking charges.

‘‘These are not small quantities and it seemed that the methamphetamine was all consuming.

‘‘She was dealt with on May 24, 2016 for trafficking and spent time in custody before a community corrections order was put into place to assist and less than six months later there is more trafficking.

‘‘But on the other hand she has committed herself to a program which isn’t easy.

‘‘You were very close to spending more time in prison but this is not a get out of jail free card.’’

Ms Leighfield convicted Wandin and sentenced her to a two-year CCO and 150 hours of community work.

‘‘There is a lot of hard work you need to do over the next 24 months,’’ she told Wandin.

‘‘While these are serious offences I believe the jail term was sufficient.’’

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