A Wollongong woman accused of playing a role in a multi-million dollar cannabis syndicate has been released on bail, while her partner remains behind bars.
Lily Despatoska breathed a sigh of relief in Wollongong Local Court Tuesday, as magistrate Roger Clisdell ended her almost three-week stint in custody. She must abide by a curfew, report to police and surrender her passport. She will live with a relative in Warrawong; the magistrate also required a relative provide a $10,000 surety.
Despatoska and her partner Goran Despotovski were arrested at their Gipps Street home on December 20 after a 10-month police operation.
Police allegedly recorded Despotovski purchasing up to ten kilograms of cannabis from his Vietnamese suppliers on an almost daily basis.
It is alleged he had some of the cannabis delivered to the Gipps St home for weighing, packaging, sealing and storing, before its distribution to smaller scale suppliers.
Lily Despatoska is allegedly heard speaking about drug quality, meeting up-line suppliers, negotiating prices and carrying out deals in some secretly recorded conversations.
Court documents say police estimate the couple is responsible for the supply of more than half a tonne of cannabis to associates in and around the Illawarra between February and December, with an estimated street value in excess of $10million.
Police allege Despotovski gambled $2.5 million at The Star between 2004 and 2018, despite the couple's only legitimate form of income being his partner’s $500-a-week job at Coles. Despotovski did not apply for bail on Tuesday. Both matters return to court February 20.