Drug net closes in - again

TWO people charged over separate roles in a major Northern Rivers drug syndicate broken by a police investigation into heroin and amphetamine distribution have been ordered to appear before Lismore District Court for sentence.

Annette Lloyd, 43, from West Ballina, pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court to two charges of supplying a prohibited drug - amphetamines and heroin at Woodburn between September 2007 and 2008.

Trevor Wavell Ballinger, 43, of Goonellabah, has pleaded guilty to supplying methylamphetamine in May 2008 at Lismore.

Their arrests and charges came from police surveillance operation 'Tonkie' and phone taps, with the breaking of coded phone conversations between street dealers, suppliers, and Sydney businesswoman Maree Vera Collier - identified and charged by police who describe her as being a highly organised drug supplier making frequent visits to the region in 2007 and 2008.

More than a dozen people have been arrested and charged with a variety of drug offences including Phillip Kevin Heard from Woodburn, Paul Sweeney a Woodburn motel operator, Shirley Lloyd (mother of Annette), and Steven Vito Dimaio, a Ballina businessman and partner of Ms Annette Lloyd.

The cases of Lloyd and Ballinger will be mentioned at Lismore District Court on October 12 to set a sentencing date. Mr Sweeney's matter will be before Lismore District Court on October 23, and Mr Dimaio's matter will be mentioned in Lismore Local Court on October 20.

The cases involving other people charged with related offences are at various stages in the legal process.



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