Rejected Bachelor contestant Georgia Tripos has avoided a prison sentence despite being caught red-handed dealing cocaine.
Tripos had been addicted to drugs at the time and ‘submerged’ in Melbourne’s gritty subculture when she became a dealer herself.
The former reality star admitted to selling the drug over Craigslist with her real-estate buddy Kristiana Karakostas.
Tripos could have been jailed for up to 15 years over her dodgy drug syndicate, which the girls had branded ‘The Mafia’.
Tripos (pictured) was arrested by police in 2017 who later found cocaine and cocaine purity testing kits at her home
Kristiana Karakostas, 27, pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking cocaine at court last week
Tripos rose to fame after she appeared on Richie Strahan’s season of The Bachelor
Instead, the brunette who rose to fame after she appeared on Richie Strahan’s season of The Bachelor, was convicted and sentenced to a three year community corrections order with 150 hours of unpaid work.
She had plead guilty in the County Court of Victoria to dealing both in cocaine and the proceeds of her dirty crime.
Tripos did not even have to attend court to receive her sentence and appeared on videolink from her home where she was seen sipping on a latte.
The court heard the fame seeking starlet had suffered from the adverse publicity directed her way after being arrested in March 2017.
In handing down her sentence, Judge Irene Lawson heaped praise on the drug dealer’s efforts to rehabilitate herself and expressed concern over the level of scrutiny levelled at her by the media she had once courted.
‘I do appreciate the efforts that you’ve made to date and I do accept that you have been the subject of extraordinary media scrutiny and that also must of had a major impact upon you and that is something that would be hard to deal with, but you’ve shown that you’ve got the courage of your convictions and you’ve really worked hard,’ she said.
‘You have done so well over the intervening period from the time of your arrest to now so I’ve got every confidence that provided you draw on those resources that you have built around you in the community that you should be able to get through this order.’
Tripos rightfully thanked the judge for her sentence.
‘I can’t thank you enough for giving me that confidence as well you’re honour,’ she said.
‘Although it’s been tough, it’s been the best thing for me because it’s put me back on the right path and I’m so lucky that I have the family that I have as well and I’ll continue for the rest of my life to repay them for this.’
Bachelor reject Georgia Tripos pictured attending court after being caught driving on a suspended licence last year
During Karakostas’ arrest Georgia Tripos (pictured) arrived and began speaking with Karakostas in another language
The court heard Tripos had endured a wretched upbringing, which saw her heroin junkie dad bail on her family when she was only young.
His loss had left her feeling a sense of abandonment and rejection, which was compounded by bullying in her senior years of high school.
Such was the bullying that Tripos was forced to find a new school in Year 12.
The court heard it was all down hill from there and she suffered from years of substance abuse and equally abusive relationships.
Karakostas, 27, pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking cocaine in June and walked with the same penalty.
The pair, who referred to themselves as ‘The Mafia’ in text messages, were arrested in March 2017 after Karakostas sold a bag of cocaine to an undercover police officer.
The officer was part of a sting operation launched against the women after police discovered a suspicious online ad they believed to hold coded language for drug dealing.
The pair sold almost 70 grams of cocaine from February 2 to March 10, with many of the sales made through online classified site Craigslist.
Tripos was intercepted by police driving with $3,000. Officers then raided her home and found cocaine, cocaine purity testing kits and an additional $3,500.
She also had a large quantity of ethylpentylone – a substituted cathinone and stimulant drug which was developed in the 1960s.
Police deduced Tripos had made at least 49 sales or offers to sell the drug, including to undercover operatives.
Kristiana Karakostas was dealing drugs with her co-worker Georgia Tripos over the internet. They brazenly sold drugs to undercover cops
Tripos and Karakostas had believed they were clever when they brazenly advertised their dangerous booty on the American website.
The court heard they had written the ad in code that drug seeking customers would clearly understand.
So too did Victoria Police, which promptly put in an order.
Karakostas pulled up in a white BMW and told the undercover cop she had better stuff coming.
Forensic analysis later showed she had short-changed the detective 0.1 of a gram.
In sentencing Tripos, Judge Lawson accepted she had embarked on a joint criminal enterprise with her real-estate co-worker.
The court heard Tripos had now established her own beauty therapy business.