Four Cunnamulla locals fronted Charleville Magistrates Court this morning following a string of arrests during police raids for Operation North Twinzer over the weekend.
All four defendants were charged with trafficking dangerous drugs.
These will be dealt at a later date in a higher court.
In front of a packed and emotional courtroom, all four defendants were refused bail by Magistrate Peter Hastead.
For the first defendant, 41-year-old Amanda Hooper, Magistrate Hastead noted that it is alleged the sale of cannabis is Hooper’s primary source of income.
It’s also alleged Hooper is one of the main suppliers of cannabis in the Cunnamulla community and operates in a family syndicate.
The second defendant was 32-year-old Sarah Jane Cavanough.
Cavanough currently works full time at the Cunnamulla Centrelink office; her mother attended court in her support.
Police material alleges phone call intercepts were made regarding the sale and supply of cannabis by Cavanough.
Magistrate Hastead, in refusing Cavanough’s bail, said through these intercepted phone communications, police allege she is one of the primary suppliers of Cannabis in Cunnamulla.
A 30-year old mother of five, Kathleen Brown, was charged with methamphetamine related charges.
Magistrate Hastead also refused her bail after hearing further telephone interception by police.
These communications allege Brown had arranged for drugs to be brought into Cunnamualla from Charleville, Toowoomba and Brisbane, along with other criminal activities.
The last to appear was 39-year-old Darren Shillingsworth, a gardener at the Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health (CACH).
Shillingsworth was well supported outside court where a crowd had gathered.
The court heard Shillingsworth and Hooper are in a relationship.
Magistrate Hastead said his decision was made due to the severity of the charges, of which one was the aggravated supply of dangerous drugs to a minor under 16 years.
Police alleged Shillingsworth continued to conduct drug sales even after being caught by police.
They also allegedly have photos and audio of drug sales conducted by Shillingsworth.
All four defendants were remanded in custody and are set to appear on March 2nd for a committal hearing.