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WA drug support worker jailed for dealing

AAP logoAAP 2/12/2016

A woman who dealt illegal drugs while working for a Perth organisation that aims to help substance abusers has been jailed for three years and three months.

Elizabeth Mary Dear, a 52-year-old former West Australian Substance Users Association board member, pleaded guilty to 42 counts of drug dealing after she was found with heroin, methylamphetamine and cannabis.

The District Court of WA heard during sentencing on Friday that her drug use dated back to her university days, and all three of her serious relationships involved fellow substance abusers.

Judge Felicity Davis said Dear managed to resist taking drugs for some time but her work triggered a relapse.

While she was an advocate for safe drug use, that did not in any way mitigate her conscious decision to sell them to others.

"You need to seek interests and educational pursuits away from the area of drugs," Judge Davis said.

"You require substance use treatment and therapy to manage triggers to relapse and craving.

"You need group and individual counselling to better manage your emotions and take responsibility for your choices."

Judge Davis said she did not treat Dear's position at WASUA as an aggravating factor in sentencing.

Dear must spend a minimum of 19-and-a-half months behind bars before she will be eligible for parole.

Her subordinate at WASUA, Rosemary Rebecca Kaniski, was jailed for two years and three months in January after pleading guilty to 26 charges.

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