The criminal defense attorney who became a drug dealer and was arrested at a wild bikini party changes her life behind bars – and finds a completely different kind of "work".
- QLD's Briana Ioannides was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison in 2018
- The 31-year-old former attorney is now teaching other inmates on fitness classes
- Described as a model inmate, she is now fighting her ban on becoming a lawyer
A criminal defense attorney turned drug dealer changed her life behind bars and is now a fitness fanatic who trains other inmates.
Briana Ioannides was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison in 2018 after pleading guilty to 21 charges, including drug and gun offenses.
The 31-year-old former criminal defense attorney now leads fitness classes at the Numinbah Correctional Center in Queensland and has been branded a model inmate.
She's also signed up for the Defense Community Dogs program, where she trains dogs for war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
30-year-old Briana Ioannides was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison in 2018 after pleading guilty to 21 charges, including drugs and weapons.
In May 2016, Ioannides (left) was found among a group of women in bikini celebrating with a suspected bikini in a luxury apartment
Ioannides is now fighting her de-registration as a lawyer and would like to return to her career after being released from prison.
She took her case to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Court, admitting that her drug addiction ruined her life but cleaned up what she did in prison.
"She was a model citizen and an outstanding young attorney who was embroiled in something she had never seen before, and she deserves the opportunity to redeem herself," said her attorney, Chris Hannay.
“People got over addiction to later become drug counselors or lawyers. So there are numerous examples showing that people can break the cycle and achieve remarkable things.
Ioannides was arrested along with her boyfriend in vember 2015 after police raided their home on the Gold Coast and seized cash and drugs
Ioannides was first arrested in vember 2015 after police raided her Gold Coast home and seized cash, a loaded sawed-off shotgun and pistol, steroids and ice, cannabis, ecstasy and liquid "GBH".
She was arrested again just a few weeks later after police found more drugs and paraphernalia in her home.
In May 2016, she was one of a group of women in bikini celebrating with a suspected bikie in a luxury apartment.
Ioannides was arrested after police allegedly found crystal meth, ecstasy pills and evidence of a drug laboratory when they stormed the apartment.
She was given bail and ordered to go to rehab.
In 2016 the police reportedly found steroids, cannabis and drug paraphernalia on Ioannides
Ioannides was charged with making three dangerous drug cases and one case each of making dangerous drugs (steroids), paraphernalia or pipes and anything used to commit a crime after a robbery in 2016
Ioannides was caught breaking her bail by staying behind her curfew and not reporting to the police.
In 2017, Ioannides and an accomplice were caught selling 442 g of meth and 53 liters of GHB.
Prosecutor Susan Hedge previously informed the Supreme Court that the woman committed 23 criminal offenses including, Driving while on ice and not driving to the police while allegedly driving with a driver's license.
Ioannides is available for parole in February 2021.