Po­lice sur­veil­lance puts stop to illegal drug deals

Whitsunday Times - - PROSERPINE MAGISTRATE'S COURT -

MAREE Therese Bulin­ski was one of the many Whit­sun­day res­i­dents caught out in a po­lice op­er­a­tion tar­get­ing the sup­ply of illegal drugs.

The 42-year-old lo­cal woman ap­peared in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day charged with pos­sess­ing and sup­ply­ing dan­ger­ous drugs, and pos­sess­ing uten­sils and items used in the com­mis­sion of crime.

Bulin­ski also faced charges for driv­ing a ve­hi­cle that was unin­sured, un­reg­is­tered and with­out the cor­rect num­ber plates. Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said it was al­leged Bulin­ski had supplied and pos­sessed cannabis, as well as pos­sessed three bongs, be­tween June 30 last year and May 28 this year.

The court heard po­lice in­volved in Op­er­a­tion Lima Quiz were de­ployed to Air­lie Beach in Novem­ber last year .

Ms Smith said it was dur­ing the mon­i­tor­ing of phones that po­lice from this op­er­a­tion in­ter­cepted 16 calls of in­ter­est re­lated to at­tempts to source illegal drugs. At 7.40am on May 28, po­lice from spe­cialised unit Task­force Max­ima searched Bulin­ski’s home, find­ing eight grams of cannabis, some cannabis seeds and three bongs.

Ms Smith said as Bulin­ski was leav­ing the house, she told po­lice, “I’m not go­ing to take the rap for all this,” but later said she had been jok­ing.

At 2.20pm on June 2, Bulin­ski was seen driv­ing a blue Holden Com­modore on Proser­pine’s An­zac Grove and pulled over on Herbert St.

The num­ber plate on the car was found to have been is­sued to another ve­hi­cle and the car was also un­reg­is­tered and unin­sured.

Bulin­ski was fined $660 for the three traf­fic of­fences.

For the drug mat­ters, she was placed on pro­ba­tion for 15 months.

Bulin­ski was one of more than 60 peo­ple ar­rested as a re­sult of the Whit­sun­day and Mackay-based oper­a­tions Lima Duet (Mackay) and Lima Quiz (Whit­sun­days).

These ar­rests led to more than 300 charges be­ing laid and about $1.1 mil­lion in drugs be­ing seized, in­clud­ing more than 460g of ice.

Oper­a­tions Lima Quiz and Lima Duet led to the largest drug bust seen in the re­gion for about 20 years, in­volv­ing about a year’s po­lice work and in­clud­ing tar­geted sur­veil­lance and tele­phone in­ter­cepts.

Po­lice have warned any­one in the lo­cal area think­ing of tak­ing, selling or dis­tribut­ing drugs that the op­er­a­tion is not fin­ished yet.

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