Alleged Lismore drug syndicate smashed

AN ALLEGED Lismore drug syndicate was targeted by Lismore detectives last Friday, resulting in Lismore woman Joanne Maree Spence, 38, being arrested and charged with supplying commercial quantities of heroin and methylamphetamine.

In Lismore Local Court yesterday Spence was charged with supplying 250 grams of methylamphetamine and 250 grams of heroin. She was granted bail.

Another person involved in the alleged syndicate, a Lismore man aged 43, was charged by warrant and did not appear in Lismore Local Court yesterday.

He is charged with supplying a commercial quantity of prohibited drugs and ongoing supply of a prohibited drug.

The arrests were part of police operation Tonkie, which is investigating the supply of prohibited drugs on the Northern Rivers.

Spence's defence solicitor, Michael Bolt, and a representative of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution asked that the case be adjourned so telephone transcripts could be analysed and brief orders made.

Magistrate Nick Reimer adjourned the case to February 3 next year for mention.

Richmond Local Area Command Detective Inspector Steve Clarke said that the two arrests were the result of police continuing to target people involved in drug activities.

He said police would continue to focus their efforts on catching those involved in illegal drug activities.

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