By Shurtz, Delon on February 28, 2020.
A 29-year-old woman who began selling drugs to support her drug addiction has been sent to a federal penitentiary.
Phelony White, who didn’t have a criminal record when she was caught selling drugs in 2017, pleaded guilty Thursday in Lethbridge provincial court to three charges drug trafficking.
Court was told White sold a buyer two fentanyl tablets for $60 on Dec. 12, 2017. Eight days later she sold the same buyer three fentanyl tablets for $75, then on Jan. 8, 2018 she sold him four fentanyl tablets for $100.
On each occasion, the buyer was an undercover police officer.
The Crown noted the starting point for drug trafficking on a significant scale is three years, but he recommended a lower sentence of two years given White’s relatively young age and her guilty plea.
Lethbridge lawyer Scott Hadford explained White had a difficult childhood and was raised by her father until she was five years old, then by her grandparents, who had grown up in residential schools. Alcohol, he added, was prevalent in the home.
Hadford said White was “self-medicating” to deal with her challenges in life, and began selling drugs to support her addictions.
In addition to her two years in prison, White is prohibited from possessing certain weapons for 10 years and others for life, and she must submit a sample of her DNA for the National DNA Databank.
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