Court hears of drug rings

SIX people allegedly involved in two drug syndicates operating in the Tamworth area last year have appeared in court this week.

Both alleged syndicates were busted by Tamworth police after intensive investigations.

The first arrests, involving two sisters and a 26-year-old man, were made in October.

Sisters Meg, 22, and Kaya Richmond, 24, and the unrelated Nicholas Dobson, were charged with multiple drug possession and supply offences after police raided two homes in Tamworth and Werris Creek.

Police uncovered more than 14.5kg of cannabis, worth an estimated $250,000, which they alleged the sisters and man had been supplying.

Police also alleged they seized 2.7kg of cannabis, a small quantity of steroids and $16,900 in cash from the same two homes earlier that month.

The Richmond sisters were charged with knowingly taking part in the supply of a prohibited drug, knowingly dealing with proceeds of crime and participating in a criminal group.

Kaya Richmond also faces an additional charge of possessing anabolic/androgenic steroidal agents.

Dobson faces the same charges as the two sisters, as well as offences relating to the supply of drugs on an ongoing basis and supplying an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug.

Kaya Richmond and Nicholas Dobson were refused bail and Meg Richmond’s bail conditions were continued this week.

The three are listed to reappear in Tamworth Local Court on February 13.

Another trio involved in the alleged syndicate had been arrested and charged with multiple drug offences shortly before Christmas.

Police had raided two Westdale homes and found $19,000 cash and a large quantity of amphetamines and cannabis.

Stolen property and parts of a stolen firearm were also found at the homes.

Paul Andrew Allan, Mathew Robert Lee and Cynthia May Lee’s appearances in Tamworth Local Court on Wednesday were the first since their arrests in relation to the raids on December 20.

They face more than 30 charges between them, including supplying prohibited drugs and knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime.

Mathew Lee remains in custody while the other man and woman were granted bail.

They will reappear in the court for mention on February 27.

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