A DAWESVILLE mother who hid the drug ice in her three-year-old daughter’s Dora the Explorer toy box will not have a criminal conviction recorded against her name.
Lauren Michelle Pracilio pled guilty to a charge of possessing a prohibited drug namely methamphetamine, possessing a prohibited drug namely dexamphetamine and possessing a prohibited weapon namely a flip-knife.
The police prosecutor told the court the drugs were uncovered during a police search of Pracilio’s home.
They found a clipseal bag containing methamphetamine in her daughter’s bedroom in the toybox.
Police also found six clipseal bags containing dexamphetamine and a flip-knife in Pracilio’s handbag.
Pracilio, who is on a single parent pension, did not have a prescription for dexamphetamine.
Pracilio’s lawyer told the court that the drugs did not belong to his 28-year-old client.
He said his pregnant client, did “intend to discard the drugs” when she found them.
“The substances were left at her place, she doesn’t know by who [sic],” he said.
“But she accepts that she has knowledge and control of the drug.”
This is Pracilio’s second conviction for possession of a prohibited weapon.
Pracilio was granted a spent conviction in relation to the drug offences, but was not for possession of the flip-knife.
She was given a global fine of $800 and ordered to pay costs of $723.60.