22,000 contacts made by phone

A LAVINGTON woman allegedly involved in two major drug operations over a 12-month period was yesterday remanded in custody despite having no previous criminal history.

Rebecca Marie Davies came under police notice in Operation Clavan set up to monitor the drug activities of Justin Hailey.

It was alleged in Albury Local Court yesterday by police that Davies was Hailey’s girlfriend and more than 22,000 intercepts on his phone showed she was also a business partner.

Police told the court she took a prominent part in his transactions along with supplying drugs on her own behalf.

Later after Hailey’s arrest and remanding in custody, police set up Strike Force Omo which identified Davies helping Albury man Jarrod Groves.

Phone calls and text messages were monitored between her and Groves.

She sent a message to him on January 22 asking for “puff” which refers to methamphetamine which is smoked through a pipe.

Two days later Davies sent a text message to Groves saying: “Have you got a P (point) ya want to deliver fool.”

“Have they got wheels. I’m stuck at my joint,” Groves replied.

Then came the response from her: “No wheels, work ya magic. You can do it. Put ya back into it.”

Davies, 19, of Bounds Street, appeared in custody on 15 drug supply charges, including an indictable offence of ongoing supply.

She made an application for bail which was opposed by police prosecutor Sgt Shannon Lewis.

“The concern of the prosecution is the ongoing nature of the offences,” Sgt Lewis said.

She said there was a high likelihood Davies would continue to commit offences if released.

Solicitor Tim Hemsley said Davies was only 18 when some of the offences allegedly happened.

Mr Hemsley said Davies is the full-time carer for her mother and could spend a long time in custody if bail was refused.

He said she voluntarily attended the police station and spent Thursday night in the cells.

“She has not enjoyed at all the one night spent in custody,” Mr Hemsley said.

Magistrate Tony Murray refused bail and adjourned the charges until May 5.

Groves, 24, of Byron Street, appeared through a video link from Junee jail on 24 charges with most relating to supplying drugs.

He made no application for bail and the charges were adjourned to the same date.