A Wagga woman who was convicted of dealing drugs in association with the notorious Finks bikie gang has been given a suspended sentence.
Nicole Limbrick, 40, had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of supplying the drug methylamphetamine, also known as ice, between July and December of 2016 in Kooringal.
Limbrick faced Wagga’s District Court for sentencing on Thursday morning, and was given two suspended sentences as well as a two-and-a-half-year good behaviour bond for her crimes.
Michael King, Limbrick’s defence lawyer, told the court that his client essentially acted as a driver to her then-partner, who did not have a licence at the time.
“She wasn’t a part of the sales as such, she was a part of the using,” Mr King said.
“She was the transport, which is pretty low-end of the range.”
The court heard that Limbrick and her partner were busted as a result of a Riverina Police District strike force set up to investigate organised drug and firearms crimes being perpetrated by an “outlaw motorcycle gang” –namely, the Finks.
More than 150 detectives executed 13 search warrants at properties in Kooringal, Tolland, East Wagga, Ashmont, Glenfield Park, Bomen, and Turvey Park over the course of their investigations.
While Judge Gordon Lerve accepted that Limbrick was unlikely to re-offend, he stressed the court’s need to crack down on drug suppliers.
“Barely a day, let alone a week, goes by where this court, either on appeal from the Local Court or on indictment, deals with people who have committed serious criminal offences under the influence of methylamphetamine,” Judge Lerve said.
“That is why there is a very real need for general deterrence for the supply of prohibited drugs.”
Limbrick has entered into residential drug rehabilitation programs on two occasions over the past 14 months, with Judge Lerve noting that she seemed to now be drug-free.
Other members of the Finks bikie gang are still being prosecuted through the courts.Back