Brazen Qld trafficker jailed five years

By Sarah Motherwell

A Queensland woman who once used a child to courier drugs brazenly continued her trafficking business after attracting police attention.

Toni Ann Ness, 44, pleaded guilty in Brisbane's Supreme Court on Tuesday to selling methamphetamine to dozens of customers in the Ipswich suburb in Goodna during 2013 and 2014.

The court heard Ness was the main target of police operation 'Lima Quantity' and continued to sell drugs on a daily basis months after her home 'The Shop' was raided in November 2013.

Prosecutor Russell Hood said, on at least one occasion, Ness instructed a 12-year-old boy to sell methamphetamine to a customer and that she repeatedly dealt drugs in front of children.

Defence lawyer Ruth O'Gorman said Ness had been free of drugs since she was taken into custody, the first time since her early teens.

The court heard Ness had a "sad, appalling and distressing background" as well as a lengthy Queensland criminal record for drug possession.

Justice Glenn Martin criticised Ness for continuing to traffic drugs after police raided her home.

"It is quite extraordinary that you should be so brazen," Justice Martin said.

Ness, who has already spent 22 months in custody, was sentenced to five years' jail and will be released on parole in November 2016.

The court heard Ness had a "moderate to high risk" of reoffending if she did not continue treatment for her mental health and drug problems.