A BRIT fitness fanatic allegedly ran a “dial-a-dealer” drugs ring to flood Sydney with over 300g of cocaine.
Sarah Rutherford, 29, was reportedly arrested after cops raided her home in Greenacre, New South Wales yesterday.
Officers allegedly seized cocaine, mobile phones, drug paraphernalia and documents including prescription scripts, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Police will allege Rutherford, originally from Bridgwater in Somerset, led a drug delivery service across Sydney and supplied more than 300g of cocaine between September 2019 and February 2020, according to the newspaper.
Rutherford faces several drug-related charges including supplying prohibited drugs of a commercial quantity and knowingly/recklessly directing a criminal group assisting crime.
Video footage of her arrest shows Rutherford handcuffed and shielding her face as she’d bundled into a police van.
There is an overwhelming Crown case
She appeared at Bankstown Local Court today – and was refused bail, the Telegraph reported.
Magistrate Glenn Walsh said each of Rutherford’s six charges have substantial maximum jail terms, ranging from ten to 20 years, the report said.
Reports say he told the hearing: “There is an overwhelming Crown case.
“A submission is made that the phone is found on her on December 6. There’s electronic recording of intercepted calls and other evidence.
“When arrested, the phone was in her premises. This is not a case where there was one usage of a phone.
“It is like painting a picture … and she is a principal artist … organising the delivery of cocaine throughout Sydney by way of drivers, meeting with drivers, giving drugs to the drivers for delivery and taking money.”
The arrest was part of Strike Force Delaven, established in July 2019 by the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad.
The strike force is tasked with investigating the supply of illicit drugs across Sydney.
Investigations are continuing, and Rutherford’s case will return to Bankstown Local Court on April 23.