Kristine Krkovska from Warrawong Denied Bail for Selling Heroin and Methamphetamine with Her Mother Lida Milenkovska | Goulburn Post


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A months-long police investigation found that a mother and daughter were selling drugs via encrypted phone messages from their NSW Illawarra home as part of a “planned and organized” business, a court heard. Kristine Krkovska, 19, broke down in tears when she was denied bail on 11 charges related to supplying drugs when she appeared in Wollongong local court on Friday. Krkvoska and his mother Lida Milenkovska, 54, saw their home raided Thursday morning after Lake Illawarra police monitored their alleged sales of heroin and methyl amphetamine since April as part of Strike Force Tabingo. In documents submitted to the court, police allege that the phone interceptions helped investigators identify Krkovka’s regular contact with a number of associates to procure drugs and resell them to Illawarra clients. Police allege buyers would call or text Krkovska with words similar to “Are you okay?” Or “did you” to see if she had drugs to sell them. Krkovska allegedly attempted to cover up his alleged crimes using common drug code words such as fast, slow, bullets, half-balls and bundles. Police further allege that Krkovska regularly changed his phone number to avoid detection and used encrypted messaging apps on his phone. Police allege that between June and September, Krkovska sold drugs to customers, mainly from his home. Krkovska reportedly sold $ 350 of heroin, five grams and another $ 100 of methamphetamine throughout this period. On one occasion, Krkovska, allegedly talking to a client about heroin quality, told her: “I’ll be honest, my mom’s stuff is probably better than mine.” On June 17, police allege that a customer traded an “eye” (meth) for “slow” (heroine) before Krkovska made two more sales that day. Police allege that on July 28, Krkovska obtained half an ounce or 14.2 grams of heroin from a supplier and arranged with another supplier to obtain methamphetamine on September 1 before 18 days she later arranged to buy a gram of heroin for $ 700. Officers raided their Jane Avenue home just before 9:30 a.m. Thursday, where the mother and daughter were arrested and taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station. IN OTHER NEWS: During a search of the premises, police seized methylamphetamine, ketamine, cannabis, 28g of a white powder and a small amount of a brown substance, and cell phones. Krkovksa reportedly told officers in an interview that she helped her mother obtain drugs from their home. Milenkovska was charged with 14 counts of supplying prohibited drugs, continuously supplying prohibited drugs, occupying and knowingly authorizing the use of the house as a drug store and two counts of possession of prohibited drugs. Milenkovska did not ask for bail on Friday and it was formally refused. She is expected to request her release on Monday. Krkovska was charged with 11 offenses, including six counts of supplying prohibited drugs, three counts of possession of prohibited drugs, continued supply of prohibited drugs and occupant knowingly authorizing use of the house as a drug depot. In court on Friday, police prosecutor Sergeant Ashley Jacobs objected to Krkovska’s release as she would have supplied drugs for an ongoing period and faced a full-time prison sentence if she was found guilty. Sergeant Jacobs also said the alleged criminal conduct was “planned and organized” and that the case against Krkovska was strong given the telephone interception equipment. “The accused is a 19-year-old woman with no official income and the police say that she depends only on the supply of drugs for financial support,” said Sgt Jacobs. “She seems to surround herself with other people involved in the drug supply.” Defense lawyer Greg Melrose said his client had no criminal record and suggested Krkovska’s mother was the “main offender”. He said Krkovksa had strong ties to the community as she grew up in the Warrawong area and her father and siblings lived nearby. Her father said his daughter could be released on bail at his home where he “would impose very strict guidelines,” Mr Melrose said. Mr Melrose also suggested that his client was less likely to continue providing drugs because police had seized her phone. Magistrate Gabriel Fleming admitted that Krkovska was young and did not have a criminal history that would make her more vulnerable in detention, but declined to grant bail as the allegations were serious and the prosecution case seemed strong with telephone interceptions. The case was adjourned until November 16.


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