Abigail Emily Graf is accused of trafficking drugs.
Abigail Emily Graf is accused of trafficking drugs.

Prison escapee’s regret as she faces trafficking charges

A STUDENT accused of trafficking drugs within a Coast syndicate says escaping from prison was the "silliest thing" she ever did.

Abigail Emily Graf, 23, was among three people arrested in October last year after allegedly meeting with a customer at the Aussie World carpark to sell 3.5g of methamphetamine.

Police prosecutor Allison Johnstone alleged another $1600 sale of half an ounce of methamphetamine was discussed in encrypted messages found on a phone seized by police.

"Once they were analysed, two phones did support that this defendant was involved with drug trafficking methamphetamine and GHB," Senior Constable Johnstone said.

The court heard Graf's arrest was part of Operation Romeo Amata, targeting the distribution of methamphetamine through South East Queensland.

Sen-Constable Johnstone said Graf had a suspended sentence hanging over her head for escaping from prison in 2017.

"It was the silliest thing I ever did," Graf told Maroochydore Magistrates Court as she appeared by video link today.

She faced 11 charges including one count of producing dangerous drugs and two counts of trafficking dangerous drugs.

She pleaded guilty to previously failing to appear in court and was sentenced to six months' imprisonment, suspended for 18 months.

Sen-Constable Johnstone submitted there was an unacceptable risk that Graf would reoffend or fail to appear in court if she was granted bail on the remaining charges.

Defence lawyer Rachel Holland highlighted that her client had already spent 199 days in pre-sentence custody and had sought professional help and medication for depression and anxiety, triggered by a traumatic event in her life.

Ms Holland said bail conditions could include a ban from the Sunshine Coast because most of the alleged offending occurred here.

The court heard Graf was enrolled in a double degree of business commerce at university and had received an OP9 in high school.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist granted Graf bail with strict conditions including a curfew, a ban from the Coast and not to contact three alleged co-offenders.

She is due to appear in court again on July 17.



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