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Undercover cops bust weed dealers in sting

TWO women nabbed selling marijuana to undercover police at Pacific Paradise were among a host of people facing serious drug charges in court yesterday.

Ebony Carmel Williamson, 26, and Danielle Lubbers, 35, both from Pacific Paradise, yesterday pleaded guilty to supplying dangerous drugs to State Drug Squad officers in July last year.

The women were arrested in raids at Pacific Paradise on March 30.

In Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday police prosecutor Brendan Newman said undercover officers at the Duporth Tavern met Lubbers, who said she had been drinking all afternoon and was going home to smoke some bongs.

An officer said he was interested in buying drugs and Lubbers told him she had a friend who sold marijuana and was interested in expanding her customer base.

That friend was Williamson.

The undercover officer went to Nungo St, Pacific Paradise, where he bought a-quarter-of-an-ounce of marijuana from Williamson, through Lubbers.

Sgt Newman said Williamson agreed through text messages she could supply marijuana to him regularly, and sold him the drug on two more occasions.

Williamson pleaded guilty to three counts of supplying dangerous drugs, as well as possessing dangerous drugs and possessing utensils, and was fined $2000.

Lubbers was fined $1500 for supplying dangerous drugs, possessing a phone used in the commission of crime and possessing drug utensils.

The pair was among what duty lawyer David Crews described as a "plethora" of alleged offenders facing charges for supplying dangerous drugs in court yesterday.

Fourteen people were facing 24 charges for supplying dangerous drugs, including marijuana, methamphetamine and oxycontin.

One more was charged with drug trafficking.

Many had their matters adjourned so they could apply for Legal Aid.

Magistrate Rod Madsen said charges for supplying drugs were more serious than defendants might realise.

The maximum penalty for supplying marijuana is 20 years in jail, and can be longer for more serious drugs.

Supplying drugs can apply to a range of actions, including selling, giving or offering to give, or transporting drugs.


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