Cycle of drugs to buy son's ashes

A GYMPIE woman was so desperate to raise money to get her son's ashes released from a funeral home that she supplied $10,000 worth of methamphetamines.

Elaine Jan Holt, 48, was sobbing in Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday as the court heard she still had not received the remains because the funeral home would not hand them over until she had paid the bill in full.

Holt - who must now serve six months of a three-year jail sentence behind bars - netted $1500 profit from selling half a kilogram of the drug on Christmas Eve 2010.

She had supplied smaller amounts on other occasions to pay her drug debts.

Barrister Les Hanslow-Hastie had asked the court to consider his client's actions were in exceptional circumstances.

"It was wrong that she did it, but to lose a loved one and not be able to obtain the ashes ... I can't imagine what effect that would have on a person," he said.

"IT wasn't greed or for health.

"It was to obtain her own flesh and blood, her son's ashes.

"That is the sole reason."

The court heard Holt did have a long-standing drug addiction but she had since graduated from the QMERIT drug rehabilitation program with clean urine tests.

She has qualified as a hypnotist and is now helping people overcome smoking and drug addictions.

The court heard she was caring for her parents and her 82-year-old father was gravely ill.

Justice Peter Lyons agreed it was "an unusual case" but it still warranted jail time, noting Holt had supplied drugs in the Gympie area eight times.

He said police found 53g of methylamphetamines, with 4.39g pure, and $1160 cash during a search of her home.

"I'm gone, I'm gone, they've found my stash," she had moaned during the search.

As she was led away from the court, Holt through loud sobs was asking "what does that mean" and "dad's going to be gone".

Topics:  ashes brisbane supreme court drugs funeral home methamphetamines

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