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Mom Dealt Drugs to Support Gambling Habit

9 June 2004

NEW ZEALAND – As reported by the New Zealand Stuff: "A mother of seven is behind bars after running tinny houses in Christchurch for six years to fund a gambling addiction.

"Jacqueline Margaret Tapine, 42, was yesterday jailed for three years by Justice Chisholm in the High Court at Christchurch after admitting charges of selling cannabis and two of money laundering. Police estimated she had banked more than $200,000 from cannabis dealing.

"…Analysis by police showed $205,000 (US$126,616)had been paid into her bank accounts, some of the money being used for gambling.

"The judge said Tapine had claimed to be against hard drugs and supplied cannabis to family and friends with the aim of keeping them off hard drugs.

"…The judge acknowledged Tapine was a victim of abuse, and clearly had a major gambling problem…"

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