POLICE haven’t ruled out further arrests and say investigations continue into a strike force that has seen several prominent Tamworth men front court accused of dealing drugs.
Nadine Lee Griffiths fronted Tamworth Local Court on a single charge of possessing 0.4g of methylamphetamine when the investigation unravelled on December 8, last year.
The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge of possessing the drug when police came knocking about 4pm.
Two properties in Calala were raided but the methylamphetamine was found by officers in Griffiths’ toiletry bag.
In sentencing, magistrate Julie Soars placed Griffiths on a good behaviour bond for 18 months without conviction.
Two men remain behind bars on charges of commercial drug supply, as police prepare the evidence against them.
Detectives allege Mark McDonald was supplying steroids, cocaine, MDMA and methylamphetamine in varying amounts to numerous persons and dealing with large amounts of cash.
McDonald has been behind bars since his arrest in Taminda on the day of the raids on December 8, and in January, was being held in custody in a Cessnock prison but did not appear in court.
McDonald’s solicitors told the court they had been served with “a partial brief” and were waiting for “outstanding telephone intercept material” which police allege details drug supplies.
According to court documents, McDonald is accused of supplying 910 MDMA, or ecstasy, tablets – a commercial quantity of the drug between early-November and December 8 in Calala.
The secret strike force also alleges McDonald supplied or possessed steroids including testosterone, trenbolone, drostanolone and methandienone.
He is yet to enter pleas to the 21 charges or make a bail application.
At the time, a solicitor for the DPP told the court it was “a matter that is based on TI’s” and “there is quite a bit of telephone intercept material to transcribe”.
The court was also told there was “video material” to be viewed, as part of the evidence against him.
Co-accused Dylan Rutter was refused bail in January charged with supplying 350 ecstasy tablets, while Matthew Raymond Hill and Nicholas Hansen remain on bail, charged with cocaine or ecstasy supply.