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Mother says she only became drugs kingpin to put her child through university

Mother says she only became drugs kingpin to put her child through university

Drug dealer Janet Gartner claims she only became a large-scale crystal meth seller to put one of her children through college (Pictures: Facebook/Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office)

A mother has claimed she only became a successful drug dealer to put one of her children through university.

Janet Gartner, 41, offered the unusual excuse as she was jailed for 11 years for running a huge crystal meth selling operation in Licking County, Ohio, on Monday.

The former cleaner’s defense attorney Nicole Churchill sobbed while mitigating for Gartner, saying: ‘She only wanted to sell enough to buy a farm and put one of her children through college…

‘When the drugs were gone, it was going to be over.

‘She would go back and be content on cleaning rich people’s toilets.’

Gartner’s partner Nicholas Tony Bair will stand trial on drugs charges in November (Picture: Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office)

Churchill said that Gartner had never taken any drugs herself – and even called the meth kingpin ‘a friend, more than a client.’

Gartner was also painted as a woman who had successfully turned her life around after escaping a physically abusive relationship.

But her impassioned defense cut little ice after the court was told how Gartner sold a pound of meth for $6,500, Cincinnati.com reported.

She was nailed earlier this year after undercover cops made two separate purchases of drugs from Gartner at a car wash in Dresden, Ohio, where she was known to ply her trade.

A subsequent search of the drug dealer’s remote farm found $160,000 of cash, at least $39,000 of meth, 50 pounds of weed and several ounces of coke.

They also found two cars four ATVs and three firearms.

And sentencing Judge Mark Fleegle took Gartner’s excuses with a pinch of salt, telling her: ‘What you were doing kills people.

‘What you were doing destroys lives, all so you can buy a farm.’

Gartner’s partner Nicholas Tony Bair is due to stand trial on drugs charges on November 19.