Judge praises parties for saving court time

LISMORE Lone Wolf bikie gang treasurer Richard Monckton has pleaded guilty in Lismore District Court to the supply of ecstasy and ice.

After two days of negotiations, Monckton, 49, made the plea yesterday - saving the Crown the cost of a lengthy trial.

Monckton, of Bungawalbin, pleaded guilty to supplying 1.7kgs of the prohibited drug MDMA at Sydney and elsewhere in NSW between March 9, 2007, and May 12, 2007.

He also pleaded guilty to the supply of 54.04 grams of methylamphetamine between April 4, 2007, and May 12, 2007.

Monckton made a brief appearance before Judge James Black yesterday and his bail was continued following no objection from the Crown.

The matter was put over to February 27 for mention at the Sydney District Court for a date to be set before sentencing Judge Robyn Tupman.

Judge Tupman has already heard the cases against two co-offenders in the drug matter.

Monckton was arrested in July 2007 after police smashed the major bikie drug ring in a series of dramatic raids around Lismore and Sydney.

Police also stormed the Lone Wolf's Terania Street clubhouse in North Lismore and a fortified 'drug house' at Uralba Street.

Police said Lone Wolf members in Sydney manufactured the drugs before bringing them north for distribution.

The arrests involved 14 months of police investigation that included covert surveillance and phone taps.

Monckton must report to Woodburn police five days a week.

Judge Black commended the legal parties involved on the resolution of the matter, stating the plea meant a considerable saving of court time.

“It is a credit to all of you,” he said.

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