Police surveillance puts stop to illegal drug deals
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.