Shirley Lloyd, of Ballina, faces serious drug charges.
Shirley Lloyd, of Ballina, faces serious drug charges.

Drug-dealer granny faces court

A 69-YEAR-OLD Ballina grandmother is one of 15 people who will be sentenced in the Lismore District Court next year on drug charges.

The drug-dealing granny is one of several people accused of being players in a major drug syndicate selling heroin and amphetamine on the Northern Rivers.

Shirley Lloyd and her daughter, Annette Lloyd, 43, were ordered last week by Judge James Black to appear before the court again in April to be sentenced on two counts each of supplying commercial quantities of a prohibited drug – heroin and methylamphetamine.

Also due to face court for sentence on matters likely to take two days to finalise are other members of the syndicate, including Paul Sweeney, Trevor Harold Ballinger, Greg Collier and Maree Vera Collier, all from Sydney, with Maree Collier alleged by the Crown to head the drug enterprise. She faces eight serious drug charges.

Annette Lloyd’s husband, Ballina businessman Steven Vito Dimaio, 49, a garage owner, will be also sentenced for his role in the enterprise after pleading guilty previously to two counts of supplying a prohibited drug.

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.



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