A 24-year-old woman charged with trafficking the drug ice is facing more charges after allegedly contacting and visiting her co-accused in prison and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
Ruby Davoren has been on bail since December 6 with the condition she not contact or associate with co-accused Anthony Scott, 50.
But police allege Davoren spoke to Anthony Scott 130 times between December 4 and January 10 and visited him at Melbourne Assessment Prison four times between December 23 and January 10.
Senior Constable Brett Eden, of the Ballarat Divisional Response Unit, said Davoren and Scott arranged for another man, Benjamin Boyle, to make a statement to take ownership of methylamphetamine and a handgun found in Scott’s car.
He said during their telephone calls, Davoren stated she would help make this arrangement and if Mr Boyle put his hand up, he was a God.
Senior Constable Eden told the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Friday police found the statutory declaration –in the name of Mr Boyle – in Davoren’s bedroom and she admitted to making the document.
The court was told during Davoren and Scott’s alleged contact, Scott told her he would take her to Byron Bay to live.
Davoren withdrew an application for bail on Friday after the summary was read to the court due to a “change of facts”, her lawyer said. Her partner, Scott, also withdrew his application for bail.
She sobbed continuously during the court hearing and could be heard crying after she left the court room.
Senior Constable Eden said Davoren, Scott, Cameron Hay and Zane Pfeiffer were arrested at a Mt Pleasant property on December 1 after they had driven to Melbourne to purchase the drug ice on November 30.
He said police located a black leather case stored in an air filter under the vehicle’s bonnet, which contained 121 grams of a white crystal substance, $350 cash, a necklace and ring.
Senior Constable Eden said a loaded handgun was found in an internal panel in the rear of the vehicle, which is well known to be used by Scott.
He said forensic testing on 121 grams of ice police found in the vehicle was 81 per cent purity, which he believed could cause significant harm to the public.
The court was told Davoren allegedly regularly bought ice from Scott, spending $350 to $400 at a time on her drug habit, and she was unemployed.
Davoren faces 10 charges, including conspiring to pervert the course of justice while on bail, contravening a bail condition, and trafficking and possessing methylamphetamine.
Scott has been charged with nine offences, including being a prohibited person possessing a firearm, possessing ammunition, conspiring to pervert the course of justice, dealing with property suspected of being the proceeds of crime, and trafficking and possessing methylamphetamine.
Davoren and Scott were remanded in custody to appear in court on April 5 for a committal mention.