A Fort Resolution mother has been sentenced to three years in jail after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic in cocaine.
Lacey Forrest, 35, who now lives in Edmonton, showed little reaction as she was handed her punishment in court in Yellowknife Friday afternoon.
RCMP phone taps played in court showed that Forrest was selling both crack and powdered cocaine to street level dealers in Fort Resolution, Fort Smith and Hay River.
Court heard she distributed hundreds of grams of cocaine on behalf of now-convicted Yellowknife drug kingpin Norman Hache.
The judge rejected Forrest’s assertion that she was not really part of the drug selling ring and that she was basically someone who helped Hache collect money.
She said that the phone taps showed that was simply not the case.
The Crown prosecutor had asked for a three year sentence, while her lawyer argued for a suspended sentence, house arrest and community service.
Forrest said she only sold the drugs for the money and did not have a serious cocaine addiction.
She said she grew up in a home where there was alcohol and drug abuse and family violence.
Some members of her family are residential school survivors.
The judge said she took no pleasure in sentencing Forrest to jail time, separating her from her children, but added she had no choice.
Forrest is the mother of two elementary school aged children and a three-month-old baby.
It is not clear where she will serve her sentence.