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From a six-figure salary to prison, a Queensland mom lost everything after she got addicted to ice

From a six-figure salary to a prison cell: a tragic story of how a young mother wanted to start her own business after she got addicted to ice

  • Cassandra Leigh Brownsdon was caught with 29 grams of ice and $ 4,800 in cash
  • Brownsdon was released on parole when she was caught driving a motorcycle high
  • She had 28 previous convictions for drug offenses and 25 convictions for burglary
  • The mother of one pleaded guilty to drug possession and supplied $ 350 of ice

Cassandra Leigh Brownsdon, 31, of the Sunshine Coast, was caught last October with 29 grams of ice and over $ 4,800 in cash

Cassandra Leigh Brownsdon, 31, of the Sunshine Coast, was caught last October with 29 grams of ice and over $ 4,800 in cash

A successful businesswoman with a six-figure salary at a communications company is behind bars after becoming addicted to ice.

Cassandra Leigh Brownsdon, 31, of the Sunshine Coast, was caught last October with 29 grams of ice and over $ 4,800 in cash.

The Brisbane Supreme Court heard on Monday that Brownsdon – a national account manager – was on parole when the police caught her on an unlicensed motorcycle while she was high.

She tried to flee the police but fell off the bike and was found carrying 10 small sealed bags of drugs and money.

Brownsdon had 28 previous convictions for drug offenses and 25 convictions for burglary Courier post reported.

The mother of one was sentenced to more than two years in prison for a serious burglary last year.

On Monday, Brownsdon pleaded guilty to drug possession and supplied $ 350 of ice (methamphetamine) – which she called “ salt and vinegar ” in text messages.

On Monday, Brownsdon pleaded guilty to drug possession and supplied $ 350 ice cream (methamphetamine) - which she called `` salt and vinegar '' in text messages

On Monday, Brownsdon pleaded guilty to drug possession and supplied $ 350 ice cream (methamphetamine) - which she called `` salt and vinegar '' in text messages

On Monday, Brownsdon pleaded guilty to drug possession and supplied $ 350 ice cream (methamphetamine) – which she called “ salt and vinegar ” in text messages

Her lawyer said her client had become addicted to drugs when she was young because of a rough upbringing.

The court heard that Brownsdon had not broken the law for five years after going to rehab and starting her successful career with recruiting and communications companies.

But just as Brownsdon was about to start her own personnel company, she became drug dependent amid a battle with mental health issues.

Justice Frances Williams said Brownsdon’s life was “through drugs” and “chaotic,” but acknowledged that she was going to rehab.

“You used your time (in prison) to acquire additional skills that will benefit you when you are eventually released,” she said.

Brownsdon was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.

She is eligible for parole on November 16.

The court heard that Brownsdon had not broken the law for five years after going to rehab and starting her successful career with recruiting and communications companies

The court heard that Brownsdon had not broken the law for five years after going to rehab and starting her successful career with recruiting and communications companies

The court heard that Brownsdon had not broken the law for five years after going to rehab and starting her successful career with recruiting and communications companies

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