A woman allegedly caught in possession of drugs and stolen items has broken down in court as she cried and begged to be released on bail to save her dog.
Sydney King, also known as Sarah Knights, was arrested at a White Post Road farm property at Everton Upper on Wednesday.
Police allegedly found her and associate Leslie Cassidy with a trafficable quantity of 1,4 Butanediol, 6.2 grams of methamphetamine, 0.2g of heroin, cannabis seeds, six xanax tablets, five guns, stolen machinery including a Dingo earthmover and more.
Senior Constable Brett Angel told Wangaratta Magistrates Court on Thursday that clandestine laboratory officers confirmed the liquid found in a bottle was 1,4 Butanediol, which turns into GHB when ingested.
“She admitted it was her’s, she drank it and it made her feel good … but it tasted like s**t,” he said.
King allegedly told police “I’m a druggie, I take drugs – what else did you think you were going to find?”.
Senior Constable Angel said King had been wanted by police over two alleged high-speed pursuits in three months.
She allegedly reached 142km/h in a 100km/h zone on Diffey Road in Beechworth on March 8, twice accelerating away from police.
On the second occasion on May 16, King was allegedly spotted driving away from the northbound BP service station at Glenrowan without paying and reached 150km/h before police terminated the pursuit.
Senior Constable Angel said he “absolutely” believed she had been driving under the influence of ice.
“She spends all of her money on drugs. Police are concerned about her erratic behaviour and doing things like driving onto the opposite side of the road,” he said.
He said someone had committed to retrieving King’s dog from the pound, but she did not believe it would happen and her dog would be put down.
King spent the 25-minute bail application in tears and screamed loudly in despair when magistrate Ian Watkins found she was too high a risk to release on bail.
“Just let me get my dog out of the pound,” she said.
“I know I f---ed up … I know you’re going to send me to jail, just don’t let him die.”
Cassidy also appeared briefly in court, but did not apply for bail.
Speaking outside court, Senior Sergeant Garry Barton thanked the public for information which led to Wednesday’s raid.
“Every little bit helps and we’re dedicated to making the North East a safe place to reside in,” he said.
“It’s an example of how all the police in the North East are working together to fight drug activity and other illegal activity that causes harm to the community.”
King’s case was adjourned until next week.
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