A WODONGA woman who allegedly worked as a courier for Albury drug syndicate mastermind Malcolm John Collins has been arrested and charged with a series of offences.
Renae Louise Lautenbacher faces eight drug supply matters, with two involving more than an indictable quantity and one count of ongoing supplying.
The other five charges relate to supplying small quantities of a prohibited drug.
Lautenbacher, 33, of Paramount Court, was arrested on a warrant and applied for bail during an appearance in Albury Local Court.
But magistrate Megan Greenwood refused bail and remanded her in custody to reappear on October 21.
Ms Greenwood was told in tendered police facts Lautenbacher’s involvement with Collins was revealed in covert police phone monitoring after Strike Force Roder was of in March last year.
Early in the investigation it was revealed Collins had a large network of criminal associates who were supplying ice in the Albury region.
Collins bought large amounts from up-line suppliers and his network distributed the drugs.
He had a close association with Samantha Stevens and, in early October last year, began a personal relationship with Lautenbacher.
She helped Collins supply drugs to associates between October 3 and 10.
Her assistance included driving Collins to Sydney to meet a supplier and bring the drugs back to Albury.
She drove around providing drugs at Collins’ direction.
The involvement of Lautenbacher in the criminal enterprise was supported by police surveillance, both locally and in Sydney when meeting the supplier.
Police, as part of Strike Force Roder, executed a search warrant on Lautenbacher’s residence on October 10.
They found ice, cannabis, scales, clear plastic resealable bags, a firearm and various amounts of money.
Lautenbacher has been dealt with by Victoria police over what was found during that raid.
NSW police can identify from information through phone intercepts that Lautenbacher had received a financial gain of about $2000.
They said she used the money to buy drugs and for day-to-day activities.