THE former de facto partner of Albury drug syndicate mastermind Malcolm Collins was yesterday committed for sentencing in the District Court at Albury over her involvement in the supplying of highly-addictive “ice”.
Samantha Jane Stevens appeared in Albury Local Court through a video link from jail and pleaded guilty to supplying 261 grams of methamphetamine between July 17 and October 10 last year.
Four other drug-related charges will be taken into consideration when Stevens, 48, formerly of Wagga Road, Lavington, is sentenced.
Facts tendered yesterday revealed Stevens was the primary courier of drugs from Sydney for Collins.
She travelled to Sydney a total of 11 times to get drugs from an upline supplier.
There were 19 trips to Sydney by Stevens and associates of Collins from July 17 until police made a series of arrests in October.
Stevens bought varied amounts ranging from half an ounce to two ounces and paid from $3000 to $8000.
The drugs were sold to people in the region or distributed to associates who on-sold it.
It was sold for $100 a “point”, $350 for half a gram or $600 to $700 per gram.
Collins ordered quantities of drugs from his supplier in the Sydney suburb of Richmond by phone calls or text messages.
They were being monitored by police after the establishment of Operation Roder last year.
Collins named the type of drug wanted and stipulated the amount of money that would be provided.
A basic street code was used with crystal methamphetamine referred to as “rice” and powder methamphetamine as “whiz or goo”.
Arrangements were made by Collins for the drugs to be collected and then he obtained cutting agents to double the amount.
Stevens was asked by him to collect drugs from Sydney on September 19.
Police set up an operation to stop Stevens on her way to Albury and found 8.49 grams of ice which had 67.5 per cent purity.
Collins last month pleaded guilty to drug supply charges and was jailed for 5½ years.