Ballina man admits to drug syndicate links

BALLINA businessman Steven Vito Dimaio has pleaded guilty to the supply of commercial quantities of heroin and methylamphetamine.

Dimaio was a player in a major Northern Rivers drug syndicate distribution network, with police arresting and charging 15 people, including Dimaio's de facto and her mother.

Dimaio, 49, pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court to two charges of supplying methylamphetamine, in excess of 1000 grams; and supplying heroin, in excess of 1000 grams, between December 31, 2007, and August 23, 2008.

The Crown accuses Dimaio of taking an active role in a criminal enterprise involving his partner, Annette Lloyd, and her mother, Shirley Lloyd, in the supply of drugs to customers in the Ballina and Lismore regions.

Both women face related serious drug charges in the Lismore District Court before the end of the year.

The Crown case states the criminal enterprise supplied in excess of 4.5 kilograms of heroin and four kilograms of amphetamine on the Northern Rivers between December 31, 2007, and August 23, 2008, in an enterprise headed by Sydney businesswoman, Maree Vera Collier.

Dimaio, who owns Steve's Mechanical and Steering Workshop in Ballina, was said in court documents to be not as actively involved as his partner, but on occasions had facilitated actual supplies of the drugs and assisted in the packaging of the drugs for supply. Court papers also stated he knew Ms Collier.

Dimaio's matter has been listed for arraignment in the Lismore District Court on November 23.

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