Mum-of-seven kept books for $3m drug ring
Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:41p.m.
A mother-of-seven who kept the books for a major drug ring has been jailed for five years and 10 months.
Kelly Louise Cole, 38, the partner of Wellington Nomads gang leader Paul Rodgers, also known as Porky Rimene, had pleaded guilty to multiple charges including conspiracy to supply methamphetamine, selling cannabis, money laundering, conspiracy to obstruct justice and participating in a criminal group.
Sentencing her in the High Court at Wellington on Tuesday, Justice Robert Dobson said Cole acted as a "bookkeeper" for a methamphetamine operation under which Rodgers bought drugs manufactured under the control of a supplier operating from an Auckland prison.
Another judge had found that methamphetamine with a street value of $3.3 million passed through Rodgers' operation.
"Anyone familiar with the horrendous consequences of methamphetamine use, as you certainly were, has to accept that equates to a very extensive amount of misery and wrecking of the lives of those taking the drug, and those near to them," Justice Dobson told Cole.
He took into account the physical and sexual violence she suffered from Rodgers, who was jailed for 15 years earlier in September.
But Justice Dobson said the threat and occurrence of violence appears to have reduced before she and Rodgers participated in the methamphetamine ring.
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27/09/2012 9:19:27 p.m.
Since when should having child be a legal defence against being sent to jail? Do you know the degree to what her offending is? Her previous history in relation to drugs as this all helps the judge in his decision to sentence a person.
A woman can leave an abusive relationship at any time, there are so many different agencies willing to help her if she takes the necessary steps to break free... You can lead a horse to water Alison... you can't force it to drink!
Meth brings so much more misery to people than you might think... to be running a 3 million operation says ALOT of meth was being produced and sold... a WHOLE load of misery there!
Her children may now be better off with with being placed with other family as it may help break the cycle because if mum ain't gonna do it... someone has to!
26/09/2012 8:25:32 a.m.
And so this woman that was abused in the worst ways possible, whom continually lives in fear is now punished even more by taking away her freedom and punishing her children by denying them their mother. Absolutely disgusting justice when a business man can run down someone and walk free and this lady gets jail time. I notice the judge never said anything about the mental abuse sufferred. Maybe he or she needs to do a stint at a domestic violence course and womens refuge. A total nobrainer.
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