13 charged over state-wide synthetic pot ring
THE owner of a sex shop chain and a Toowoomba warehouse manager accused of trafficking synthetic cannabis have had their court cases adjourned for about two months.
Thirteen people who were charged in a police operation targeting a synthetic cannabis drug had their cases mentioned at Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday.
One woman accused of being involved in the operation has had her bail conditions changed. She is living in Bundaberg.
It is alleged Love Heart adult stores in Toowoomba, Mackay, Rockhampton and Bundaberg were involved in the syndicate.
Toowoomba woman Selena Suzanne Bloomfield, who was allegedly a warehouse manager, has been charged with two counts of trafficking, two counts of producing drugs and two counts of possessing drugs.
The court heard Shyanne Kathleen O'Malley, who faces two counts of trafficking drugs and two counts of possessing drugs, is living in Bundaberg.
Her bail conditions were changed so that she will report to police once a week instead of three times a week. The prosecutor did not oppose this.
The alleged owner of the Love Hearts chain, David Andre Jules Piccinato, faces two counts of trafficking, two counts of producing drugs, two counts of possessing drugs and possessing something used in the commission of a crime.
The court heard two more people were charged as being part of the operation, bringing the total number charged to 15.
The 13 people mentioned on Friday all had their cases adjourned until August.
The court heard one of the investigating police officers had handed over 17 boxes of material to the prosecution's office for court proceedings, but several USBs within the bundle - that contained exhibits, statements and pieces of evidence - were protected and could not be opened.
The court heard the evidence was returned to the police officers to remove the protection and it has since been returned to the prosecutors.
The evidence would be available to all defence lawyers by next week, the court heard.
Those facing charges from the operation will have their cases mentioned on August 5. - ARM NEWSDESK