Lo­cal peo­ple named in court af­ter drug raids

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

AT a hear­ing in the Moss­man Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day, the court was told the names and charges of three lo­cal peo­ple who re­cently came to light as a re­sult of in­ves­ti­ga­tions into drug ac­tiv­i­ties be­tween Cairns and Port Dou­glas.

Lawyer, Bebe Mel­lick of Cairns, ap­peared for Jodi Ni­cole Hep­ner, 43, of Port Dou­glas who is charged with traf­fick­ing dan­ger­ous drugs.

She was not present. Her bail was ex­tended and the mat­ter was stood over un­til Jan­uary 6. As re­ported in the Cairns Post three weeks ago, Ms Hep­ner be­came the 15th per­son charged as part of Op­er­a­tion Kim­ber­lite, which tar­geted ice sup­ply in the Cairns and Port Dou­glas ar­eas, when she was ar­rested on Oc­to­ber 19 at her res­i­dence.

Far North drug squad Det Sgt Brad Grace said Ms Hep­ner was al­legedly con­sid­ered a key fig­ure in the sup­ply chain in Port Dou­glas.

“She was ul­ti­mately in­volved in the sup­ply of ice in the Port Dou­glas and Moss­man ar­eas,” he al­leged.

Steven Gor­don Munro, 41, of Mow­bray ap­peared on the charge of pro­duc­ing dan­ger­ous drugs (cannabis), pos­ses­sion of dan­ger­ous drugs, pos­ses­sion of a drug uten­sil, pos­ses­sion of prop­erty used in drug crime, and fail­ure to se­cure a weapon.

His case was ad­journed and he will ap­pear in Moss­man Mag­is­trates Court again on De­cem­ber 16.

Ni­cholas James Keates, 46, of Port Dou­glas was also rep­re­sented by lawyer Bebe Mel­lick and faced a charge of sup­ply­ing a dan­ger­ous drug, and 20 charges of pos­ses­sion of a dan­ger­ous drug.

Mr Munro will also ap­pear in court again on Jan­uary 6.

All three were charged as part of Op­er­a­tion Kim­ber­lite, a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into drug ac­tiv­i­ties which re­sulted in a spate of ar­rests, mainly in Cairns.

On Oc­to­ber 20 Cairns Post re­ported a fur­ther 13 peo­ple had been charged with a range of drug of­fences in­clud­ing sup­ply, pro­duc­tion and pos­ses­sion.

Since the start of Op­er­a­tion Kim­ber­lite po­lice have seized a street value of more than $1.1 mil­lion in drugs, in­clud­ing ice, MDMA, cannabis, LSD, meth and also ste­ri­ods.

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