THE evidence against more than a dozen men and women charged as part of the Tamworth "ice castle" operation has been served on solicitors.
Matthew Robert Lee, Rebecca Joan Hanshaw, Sharon Strudwick, Simone Leah Hatch, Peter Trompa, Stephen Ross Hanshaw, Suri Samantha Phoumindr, Shaun Andrew Winsor, Neil Edward Cook, Phu Van Lam, Melanie Caldwell, Simon Mitchell Cowan and Ethan Johnson collectively face more than 150 drug supply or firearm-related charges.
On Wednesday, magistrate Julie Soars heard police were finalising their case against 14 of the co-accused, connected to the Strike Force Radius investigation in Tamworth.
Several appeared in Tamworth Local Court in person on bail, or via video link from prison, as the police prosecutor asked for an adjournment to certify the charges, or finalise the case.
Rebecca Joan Hanshaw - one of the alleged ringleaders in the drug ring with her husband Stephen - sat silently, beamed in from a Sydney prison cell.
Prosecutor Sergeant Cynthia Donovan said it was part of the "joint strike force" and an adjournment would allow the defence and DPP - who are taking charge of the case to prosecute in the district court - to review the evidence and finalise the charges.
"That means it's moving to the next step," Ms Soars told Hanshaw.
"Bail not applied for, refused."
"Thank you," Hanshaw replied.
The Hanshaws face life behind bars if found guilty of large commercial supply of a prohibited drug, namely ice.
Trompa, who was granted bail in August, was told his brief "was compliant", meaning all the evidence in the case had been served.
Legal Aid solicitor Rae Parker said there would be a "formal application for variation to bail" lodged before the court.
"Mr Trompa wants to go to Victoria," she said, adding she needed "the officer in charge to consider that".
Strudwick was told her case had been moved, along with the others, to December, because her solicitor couldn't make it to court.
"Mr Falcomata's written to the court; he couldn't get Legal Aid to fund him to come to court today," Ms Soars said.
"These matters are moving to the next stage; that's the date they're travelling to."
They're accused of being involved in what's been dubbed the Tamworth "ice castle" drug and gun supply ring, allegedly operating out of a Petra Avenue housing commission unit.
The accused are part of a group of 26 men and women arrested by Strike Force Radius detectives and the Oxley Target Action Group in Tamworth, Dubbo, the Hunter, the Central Coast and Sydney.
The operation unfolded in May with a series of search warrants on homes in North and South Tamworth with the accused arrested and charged with the matters before the court.
Most are yet to enter pleas to the charges, but many have signalled they will fight the allegations.