Five held in drugs raid

CASH, heroin and amphetamines worth $135,225 were seized by police at the weekend when a vehicle was stopped and searched at New Italy and premises raided in Woodburn and Ballina.

The seizures were the culmination of a 12-month police investigation by the Richmond Local Area Command, called Strike Force Tonkie.

Arrested were Annette Lloyd, 44, of West Ballina; Shannon Collier, 18, and Greg Paul Collier, 57, both of St Helens Park in Sydney's south-west; Paul Mathew Sweeney, 40, of Woodburn; and Maree Vera Collier, 47, of Lambton in Newcastle, each charged with supplying large commercial quantities of prohibited drugs, namely heroin and amphetamines, valued at $106,000 and $25,000 respectively.

Only Shannon Collier has been released on bail, with the others applying for bail this morning in Lismore Local Court.

The group's defence solicitor, Ralph James, planned to apply for the group's release on bail yesterday, but requested an adjournment from Magistrate Nick Reimer because more information had since been received.

Police allege Maree Collier, her brother Greg and his daughter Shannon travelled from south of Sydney on Friday in a car, stopping off for the night in Newcastle.

At 4.30am the next day the trio continued their journey north along the Pacific Highway and were stopped by police at New Italy at 10am.

In the car police allege they found a backpack containing $1145 in cash, 140 grams of amphetamines and 160 grams of heroin.

Raids on premises in Woodburn and Ballina netted police 22 grams of amphetamines and 61 grams of heroin and $3080 in cash.

Police Superintendent Bruce Lyons warned other drug dealers to 'expect a call from the police', saying that it was likely more arrests would be made in relation to these incidents.



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