Teliah Cook refused bail over alleged ice find

A Wollongong woman awaiting sentencing on drug supply charges has confessed to taking up the habit again after she was busted with a small amount of methylamphetamine at the weekend.

Teliah Cook, 21, was on strict bail ahead of a sentencing hearing scheduled to take place in Wollongong District Court in June when police caught her concealing 0.027 grams of ice in her jeans pocket on Saturday night.

Officers, aware Cook was a disqualified driver, had seen her get out of the driver’s seat of a vehicle at a service station in Berkeley and approached her asking to see her licence.

She allegedly gave them a false name before becoming fidgety and anxious and began crying.

She was asked if she had any drugs on her, to which she allegedly responded “I don’t use drugs”.

Police searched her, allegedly uncovering ice in her jeans pocket and in the vehicle’s centre console.

Police also discovered multiple syringes cut in half. Cook allegedly admitted the syringes had been intended for smuggling into jails.

She said she forgot they were in her pants.

Cook allegedly admitted lying about her name, telling police “I shouldn’t have lied from the start, I just screwed up. I don’t want to go back to jail. I just started using drugs again.”

The court heard Cook had a history of drug use, telling police at one stage last year she was “too drug f—ked” to remember running her vehicle into a parked car at Corrimal.

“I couldn’t tell you what day it is...if I wasn’t a heroin addict I would be able to,” she allegedly said at the time of the September 2016 crash.

Cook sought bail in court on Monday, with her lawyer saying she would report to police daily and abide by a curfew. 

However, Registrar Bruiceen Coulthard refused to release Cook, noting she was already on strict conditional bail at the time.

Cook will reappear in court on Tuesday.

I shouldn’t have lied from the start, I just screwed up. I don’t want to go back to jail. I just started using drugs again. - Teliah Cook

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