Two women dealers told to expect jail

By Sandra Conchie

Two Western Bay women caught dealing cannabis have been warned to expect jail terms.

Teresa Rangimarie Moeke of Ohauiti pleaded guilty to 11 charges of conspiring to supply cannabis and a charge of possession of cannabis plant when she appeared in Tauranga District Court on Wednesday.

The charges stem from a police analysis of her text messages in late April and early May, and a May 10 search of the Hairini house she was living at.

The summary of facts revealed that on 11 occasions between 1.02pm on April 24 and 12.50pm on May 5, Moeke exchanged texts with people asking to buy some "green" or "have a tick".

Green is common slang term for cannabis and the tick reference relates to buying dope on credit, usually recorded on the seller's ticklist.

Police also found 3.5g of dope in Moeke's bedroom on May 10, along with several sheets of cut tinfoil, a metal pipe and a garden hose adapted into a cannabis pipe.

Judge Thomas Ingram told Moeke that given her criminal record the starting point must be prison.

She was bailed for sentence on August 6.

In an unrelated case, Papamoa Beach woman Jessica Mary Flannagan, 26, was also warned to prepared herself for jail.

Flannagan appeared before Judge Ingram on Wednesday after she had earlier admitted charges of receiving a stolen chainsaw, valued at $495, sale of cannabis and possession of cannabis.

The court summary of facts revealed that on April 4 police searched Flannagan's Papamoa Beach Rd home looking for the chainsaw, which they did not find.

But during the search they found three cannabis tinnies and $40 cash inside a pot in the kitchen, along with two books containing tick lists, with 23 references relating to sales made.

When questioned about the chainsaw, Flannagan told the police she had bought it from a male associate for $60 and a cannabis tinnie, and had since handed it to another associate.

Flannagan told police the cannabis found at her house was for personal use and the $40 cash found in the pot had nothing to do with cannabis sales.

She claimed she had sold only about one ounce worth of tinnies over a period of two weeks to obtain some "birthday money" and received about $560.

Judge Ingram agreed to defer sentencing until July 27 for a home detention report.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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