Couple back behind bars

Robert Carter Barbara Carter
Nanjing Night Net

A CENTRAL Coast couple allegedly found with almost 16 kilograms of cannabis near Holbrook last month are back in custody after being charged with more drug matters.

Robert James Carter, 66, and his wife Barbara, 66, were granted bail on June 13 in Albury Local Court with a condition they lived separately.

But they were nabbed in dawn police raids on Friday and it has been alleged they are part of a family drug syndicate.

A total of 171 charges were laid by police and 20 kilograms of cannabis found following raids on the central coast and in Sydney.

Eighteen search warrants were executed simultaneously at 7am with 145 police officers involved.

The searches took place in nine police area commands, including Cabramatta, Campsie, Bondi, North Sydney, Tuggerah Lakes, Central Hunter, Forster and Tamworth.

Officers arrested 18 people and charged them with offences relating to cannabis supply.

The investigation was part of Strike Force Whitmont which was formed in March by the Tuggerah Lakes area command to investigate large- scale cannabis supply within the command along with numerous metropolitan and regional areas.

Robert Carter was charged with two counts of supplying cannabis between an indictable and commercial quantity and knowingly participating in a criminal group.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Wyong Local Court on July 11.

His wife faced the same three charges and applied for bail but it was refused at Wyong on Friday.

Carter and his wife were living together which contravened bail conditions imposed by Albury magistrate Tony Murray last month.

Two sons attended court in Albury in June to accompany their parents home after they spent two nights in custody.

Solicitor Andrea MacDonald said Robert Carter would continue to live in the family’s Housing Department home at Killarney Vale where they have been living for the past 23 years.

His wife would live with a son at Berkeley Vale and report to Gosford police.

Both were due back in court at Albury on July 30.

Police allegedly found 15.983 kilograms of cannabis with an estimated street value of $125,000 after stopping their car near Holbrook.

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