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One dead and one in court after drug supply

A MOUNT Morgan woman who supplied the drug fentanyl to a woman who later died of a drug overdose pleaded guilty 11 charges in Rockhampton Magistrate Court today.

The court was told a coroner's report revealed the woman died from a self-overdose of drugs, namely fentanyl, two days after Angela Bernadette Muller sold her a fentanyl patch for $80.

But Magistrate Cameron Press highlighted Muller was not held accountable for the woman's death and there was no evidence suggesting the woman died from the same fentanyl Muller sold her two days prior.

The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to surrender into custody, five fraud-related charges, supplying dangerous drugs, receiving tainted property and failing to properly dispose of a syringe.

Police prosecutor senior constable Shaun Janes told the court the woman was found unconscious after suffering a drug overdose between 3pm and 3.30pm on May 14 and was placed on life support before she died at 2.30pm on May 16.

He said police were alerted to messages and phone calls on the woman's mobile phone which showed "concerning text message" between the woman and Muller up to 1pm on May 14.

"It was quite clear they were arranging to supply drugs," Mr Janes said.

Muller told police another person attended her house between 2.30pm and 3pm on May 14 and waited for the woman to arrive before they sold her the fentanyl patch for $80.

Mr Press said he needed more evidence before the court to take the woman's death into account other than as circumstantial evidence when sentencing.

"There needs to be put before me weather other drugs were in the deceased," Mr Press said.

"The patch doesn't indicate a huge amount of drug involved."I would query weather it was the same fentanyl that may have contributed (to the woman's death) but that would be about the limit.

"Based on the evidence before me, at its highest the drug may have contributed to the cause of death."

Muller was also charged from spending more than $300 in five transactions on taxi fares and at Target, Officeworks and a petrol station with a stolen credit card given to her by another person.

The court heard the card was reported lost at Allenstown shopping centre and the person gave it to Muller "to pay debts".

Muller was sentenced to two years' probation.

Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opiate analgesic similar to but more potent than morphine. It is a schedule II prescription drug.

Topics:  guilty probation rockhampton magistrates court


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