Ecstasy four admit guilt
A MAJOR undercover drug sting in Grafton last February has resulted in four people pleading guilty to supplying the party drug ecstasy.
Dean Michael King, Paul Stephen Kruger, Lisa Connolly and Rebecca Lee Heilers each pleaded guilty to charges of supply when they appeared at Grafton Local Court yesterday.
Connolly was also committed to trial in the Grafton District Court for solicitation to murder.
Police allege that Connolly was recorded offering an undercover policeman $500 to kill someone connected to her family, with the promise of another $2000 when the job was done.
The recording was made during an intense undercover surveillance operation in which telephone conversations and text messages between the accused were intercepted by Grafton detectives.
The four, arrested during simultaneous raids, is together accused of supplying up to 1460 ecstasy tablets.
Connolly, who has been in custody since her arrest, faces the most charges.
The 44-year-old barmaid appeared at court in an old-fashioned pastel floral dress, her brown hair neatly brushed.
She was unable to hide her distress, however, looking nervously around the court with tear-filled eyes before stifling a sob as she was led out.
Connolly pleaded guilty to 11 lesser drugs charges, including supplying a small amount of ecstasy and possession, as well as two more serious charges of supplying an indictable quantity of the drug and ongoing supply.
She pleaded not guilty to six other serious drugs charges, including supplying a commercial quantity and ongoing supply.
Kruger, 27, pleaded guilty to seven counts of drug supply, two counts of supplying an indictable quantity and ongoing supply. He pleaded not guilty to two counts each of supplying an indictable quantity, supplying a commercial quantity and possession.
King, 29, pleaded guilty to three counts of drug possession, ongoing supply and cultivating a prohibited plant.
He pleaded not guilty to two counts each of supplying an indictable quantity and supplying a commercial quantity.
A pre-sentence report was ordered for King.
He was also granted a change to a court order banning contact between the co-accused, allowing Heilers to visit him in jail.
Heilers, 24, is the only one of the accused out on bail.
Appearing at court dressed in a white shirt and black suit, she pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying an indictable quantity of ecstasy.
Two counts of supplying a commercial quantity were withdrawn from her charge list.
All four also pleaded guilty to having goods that were suspected of being stolen.
The matters to which the foursome pleaded guilty were adjourned for sentencing in Grafton District Court.
No date was set, but the matter is scheduled to be discussed with a judge in a telephone conference call scheduled for April 8.
Connolly, Kruger and King are scheduled to appear in Grafton Local Court on June 1 in relation to the charges to which they pleaded not guilty.