A strike force establishedto investigate the supply of illegaldrugs in the Narooma region has resulted in the conviction of a dealer.

Court documents state on July 15, 2015Strike Force Mawbanna was set upto investigate Narooma resident Joanne Taylor for dealing methamphetamine in the local area.

Police intercepted over 99 calls and texts sent and received from aphone registered to the unemployed 49-year-old relating to the supply of prohibited drugs.

In a common transaction, a purchaser would call Taylor,ask for a quantity of meth and the two would agree on a sale if the drugs were available.

Taylor, a Princes Hwy resident,would then travel to an agreed location where the transaction would take place.

Police statedshe agreed to supply meth on at least 40 occasions between August 17 and September 20 last year.

The overall quantity of the drugs Taylor supplied was a minimum of fivegrams with a street value of $5000; approximately 50 deals of 0.1grams.

On February 3, 2016 she was arrested and retainedin custody.

Taylor pleaded guilty to supplying a prohibited drug and on August 11 appeared in Bega DistrictCourt where JudgeDinaYehiasentenced her to 18months imprisonment starting from the date of her arrest,with nine months non-parole.She will be eligiblefor release on November 2.

The maximum penalty for her charge was 15 years in prison and/or a fine of $220,000.

Bega Court House.

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