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Accused ice queen faces 77 charges

Samuella Lorraine Togo, 36, appeared in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on September 12 on 77 charges.
Samuella Lorraine Togo, 36, appeared in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on September 12 on 77 charges.

A MOTHER was earning up to $10,000 a week in drug money before police arrested her in meth raids a court has heard.

Samuella Lorraine Togo, 36, faces 77 charges including drug trafficking and supply.

She was one of 17 arrested as part of 12-month police sting targeting trafficking of the drug ice on the Fraser Coast.

Raids were carried out locally and in Brisbane's west.

In court yesterday, Police Prosecutor Donna Sperling alleged the mum of eight disclosed her earnings to undercover officers.

"She stated she was making so much money last year, making $30k every so often," Snr Const Sperling said.

"She (said she) gets ounces of ice for $3500."

The court heard Ms Togo allegedly sold drugs while on her way to court where she was due to appear on similar charges.

"She was walking into the court and trafficking drugs at that time," Snr Const Sperling said.

"She was in court, for drug related matters."

Samuella Lorraine Togo, 36 of Dundowran, has 77 drug-related charges. She appeared in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on September 12.
Samuella Lorraine Togo, 36 of Dundowran, has 77 drug-related charges. She appeared in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on September 12. Annie Perets

But Togo's defence lawyer John Willett said Ms Togo wasn't living a luxurious lifestyle as alleged.

Willett said Ms Togo was actually a month behind in payments on her house.

"Police estimate she was making up to $10,000 per week, there's nothing to support that," Mr Willett said.

"The house she lives in was purchased by her, she's basically a month behind."

Magistrate Stephen Guttridge granted Ms Togo bail, on the condition that she report to police three times a week.

Ms Togo, who walked out of the court house in a tracksuit and sandals, will have her charges mentioned again in court next month.

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