Drug dealer sold heroin, cannabis from the front door of Kelso home

A WOMAN who pleaded guilty to selling drugs from the front door of her Kelso home has been sentenced to four years in jail.

Sandra Nash, 46, appeared before Judge O’Connor in the Bathurst District Court on Thursday to be sentenced for drug supply and proceeds of crime charges.

She had pleaded guilty to the matters against her before magistrate Michael Allen in the Bathurst Local Court earlier this year.

Nash, a drug addict herself, was charged by police late last year after covert police cameras filmed her conducting a drug supply operation from her home.

Footage filmed covertly on November 5, 2016 showed Nash having conversations with customers through her screen door before moving to the kitchen area where she retrieved the drugs, weighed and packaged them before handing them over in return for money.

In a summary of transactions between November 5, 2016 and December 7, 2016, police allege Nash had 699 separate interactions with customers and completed 118 sales of heroin and 47 sales of cannabis.

On November 24, 2016, police executed a search warrant at the home, finding cannabis inside a resealable bag and heroin in a screw lid container. Nash told police the drugs were hers.

Police also found $830 cash in Nash’s bra. She told police she kept it there “so her kids wouldn’t take it”.

After completing the search warrant, police covertly recorded Nash telling customers who knocked on her door to “come back later” and “I’ll have more this afternoon”.

On December 8, police returned to the house to execute another search warrant and Nash declared an amount of cannabis and heroin in the kitchen.

Nash admitted to supplying drugs and told officers that amounts of $4110 and $840 found at the house were the proceeds of crime.

Making her submissions, Nash’s lawyer Leigh Haywood said the objective seriousness of the offences lay in the middle range. 

“I accept the number of offences is large but they were all street levels deals. The quantity of drugs was quite low,” she said.

She also spoke of  Nash’s remorse and prospects of rehabilitation.

On the supply a prohibited drug on an ongoing basis, supply a prohibited drug less than an indictable quantity, and two counts of knowingly deal with the proceeds of crime, Judge O’Connor sentenced Nash to an aggregate term of imprisonment of four years, commencing on December 8, 2016 with a non parole period of two years five months. She is eligible for parole on May 7, 2019.