Local people named in court after drug raids
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.