The de facto partner of alleged Wellington drug syndicate leader Kyle Anthony Thompson has admitted to her involvement in the operation and attempt to smugglebuprenorphine into Wellington Correctional Centre.
Danielle Louise Follett, 32, pleaded guilty for her involvement in a drug syndicate operating out of Wellington, dismantled by Strike Force Pinnacle - a 14 month undercover police operation - in 2020.
Between December 2019 and April 2020, secret police phone intercepts monitored alleged members of the group, which revealed the extent of Follett's participation. It included directing potential customers to people for the supply of drugs and packaging drugs at the direction of others.
It was also revealed she allowed the alleged kingpin to use her bank account to receive cash for his alleged drug supplies, and allowed the home to be used in his alleged criminal enterprise.
In an agreed statement of facts, on January 11, 2020, during a phone tap, Follett was recorded talking to another woman organising to "wrap" 20 buprenorphine strips - about 0.8 grams - to be dropped off to the woman.
I didn't have anyone to help put in the balloons and I have long nails and keep splitting them lol, but they are all wrapped it just needs to go in the balloon.
"Hey, I put it in the mailbox just in case I didn't wake up to you. I didn't have anyone to help put in the balloons and I have long nails and keep splitting them lol, but they are all wrapped it just needs to go in the balloon," an SMS from Follett to the woman read.
In another tapped phone call, about two weeks later, Follett was recorded agreeing to place 50 buprenorphine strips - about two grams - into a package.
Follett was then contacted on March 17, 2020, by another alleged member of the syndicate, Bradley Thompson, who inquired if she could access another 50 buprenorphine strips.
She agreed she could, and was aware they were intended to be sent to the Wellington Correctional Centre.
Police raided Follett's home in Wellington in the early hours of April 2, 2020. During the search of the property, police located a number of mobile phones, drug paraphernalia and other items consistent of with drug supply, including scales, a safe, resealable bags and cash.
In the loungeroom of her home, police also located a wireless security camera on a bookshelf, and a security system near the modem. The back door had several additional locks, and a side external door which was screwed shut to prevent entry or exit.
Follett was arrested and taken to Dubbo Police Station on May 27, 2020.
In Dubbo Local Court on Thursday, Follett pleaded guilty to organising, conducting and assisting a drug premises, participating in a criminal group and contribute to criminal activity and supply 4.8 grams of buprenorphine.
The matter was adjourned for a sentencing assessment report to be prepared, and Follett will be sentenced in December.
Kyle Thompson remains before the court charged with multiple offences, his matter returns to court on November 4.