Martin Sykes

They hid meth in family home, but will keep their kids

A COUPLE who stashed methamphetamine and marijuana in the walls of their family home have been warned their children will be without parents if they re-offend.

Nicole Fogg, 40 and Benjamin Ernst Simpson, 38, pleaded guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday to a series of drug related charges.

The court heard the couple's two children were home when police raided their Nambour address, seizing up to $4000 of drugs from behind the wood panelling of the main bedroom.

Defence barrister Stephen Courtney told the court Simpson, whose criminal history was littered with drug offences, funded the couple's habits with a $380,000 payout he received following an accident in 2010.

He said while his client used some of the money to buy a home, he also had the cash to continue to use methamphetamine that he bought in large quantities to "lessen" contact with dealers. Fogg, Mr Courtney said, had simply "got caught up in her long-time partner's drug use".

He also argued that in hiding the drugs the couple had gone to "great pains" not to expose their children to them.

But Justice Ann Lyons said "children are not stupid".

She said the couple's teenager at the very least would have known what his parents were up to and their behaviour put him at risk of becoming a drug user himself.

"It's concerning that I don't have any real prospects of rehabilitation before me," Justice Lyons said

"I think it's really important that you realise how significant these offences are.

"You know that if you put one foot wrong, and you will be tested on parole both of you, be warned that if you are found to be committing further offences you will face serious consequences."

Simpson was sentenced to two years in jail. Fogg was sentenced to 18 months.

Each was allowed immediate parole.

- ARM NEWSDESK


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