Banora Point drug raid has court sequel

By DARREN COYNE

A BANORA Point man has been jailed for two years and five months and six others received suspended jail sentences in the Lismore District Court for drug offences.

Steven Paul Jaeger of Banora Point had pleaded guilty to charges of possessing 30 kilos of cannabis and cultivating 129 plants, while his brother, David Allan Jaeger, received a suspended jail sentence of 15 months.

Their mother, Margaret Cole, was given a 12-month suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay $17,600 in compensation to Country Energy for stolen electricity.

Malcolm Cammiford was given a suspended sentence of 12 months, and Terence Kenniwell also received a 12month suspended sentence and ordered to pay $2500 in compensation to Country Energy.

Michelle Donna Johns received a nine-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay $10,200 to Country Energy, while Daniel McIntosh received a nine-month suspended sentence.

They appeared last Tuesday before Judge Black, who said the group had been engaged in a serious commercial criminal enterprise.

The offenders were arrested on August 3, 2005, following a series of raids at six homes in Banora Point by detectives involved with the Tweed Target Action Group.

Detective Sergeant Frank Natoli said detectives were satisfied with the result of the investigations carried out by Strike Force Belconnen.

Det Natoli said another eight offenders identified by the strike force would appear in the Lismore District Court on April 17 in relation to other serious drug matters including the supply of ecstasy.



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