Speed-dealing dominatrix off to jail

A dominatrix in New Zealand who headed a multimillion-dollar methamphetamine business has been sentenced to 20 years’ jail – and has lost the $764,830 cash she had hidden around her rural property.
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Jolene Rose, 37, a mother of three, was living in her Manuwatu farm cottage, three kilometres from Woodville on the North Island, running what a judge has conservatively estimated was a business that grossed nearly $5 million in about 3.5 years.

She supplied at least 8.44 kilograms of methamphetamine, all while collecting just under $45,000 in welfare benefits.

In a text message revealed at her trial in April, she boasted of having met a target to make $120,000 in just over 48 hours.

In the High Court at Wellington yesterday, Justice Lowell Goddard said Rose kept a loaded revolver beside her bed in the hood of a black satin cloak that completed her dominatrix outfits. A pen pistol was close at hand in the hobby shed, where she crafted wooden boards with catchy phrases to sell at carboot sales.

The weapons were among the firearms and stun guns police found when they raided the cottage on March 20 last year.

She had a security system monitor in her bedroom, and a buzzer sounded in the room when a light beam across the driveway was tripped. A police communications scanner was still operating even as officers busted Rose and her partner, Sean Christiaan Murray, 43.

Rose had thought the cottage, which she occupied on a rent-to-own basis, was the perfect drug base. She was accused of, but denied, starting her dealing in August 2008, while still on parole from an earlier prison term for drug dealing.

She eventually pleaded guilty to having cannabis for the purpose of supply, apparently in a failed attempt to persuade the jury that she was just a cannabis-dealing prostitute, and that the meth business was Murray’s.

At a sentencing at which the couple were conspicuously kept apart, Justice Goddard found Rose was firmly in control and that Murray, who suffered severe brain damage in 2007, was her “enabler”.

He had fallen in love with a bewitching woman and thought he was living the dream, the judge said.

Murray was sentenced to 8 years and six months’ jail. The one thing for which he was held more responsible than Rose was the number of firearms around the property, some of which may have been for hunting.

Police found just 3.5 grams of methamphetamine. They also found a cryptic list that was the key to finding the money hidden around the property, some of it buried.

Justice Goddard said it seemed Rose was a high-level dealer and did not stockpile the drug. It was sourced, processed and sold very quickly.

She did not doubt that Rose was an intelligent woman and astute in business, but said she had learnt nothing from her previous prison term.

A jury had found Rose guilty of 22 charges: supplying methamphetamine; possessing the drug for supply; and 20 charges relating to firearms and ammunition. She also pleaded guilty to benefit fraud.

She must serve at least 10 years’ jail before she can be considered for parole.

Murray pleaded guilty to 23 charges. His lawyer, Paul Surridge, said he helped Rose, but did not sell drugs.

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The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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