Razija “Rosa” Adilovic, 25, who was arrested at her Campsie home on 15 March 2019 alongside her partner Gabriel Issa, was charged with knowingly directing the activities of a criminal group and supplying over half a kilo of cocaine in the exclusive suburb of McMahons Point.
She appeared in the Supreme Court today via video link from Mary Wade Correctional Centre as her defence lawyer argued for her conditional release.
Her defence asked the judge to consider “why a 25-year-old woman with no criminal history was involved in this type of enterprise”, suggesting Mr Issa was a “toxic influence” on her and that she “lacks the sophistication that someone else did in covering their tracks”.
The court heard the Crown had assembled evidence of more than 500 individual drug supplies by Ms Adilovic, Ms Issa and six others.
Justice Desmond Fagan noted he could find no evidence she could attempt to commit further offences, but concluded that “cause had not been shown by her continued detention” and bail was justified.
He noted the “degree of sophistication” of the “very serious drug supply offence”, the “number of purchases supplied”, and the “purely business-oriented nature of the whole enterprise”.
Ms Adilovic wiped her eyes as the matter was reviewed. She wore a green polo shirt and no makeup with her hair tied back into a messy ponytail.
Members of Ms Adilovic’s family appeared in court were audibly distressed as Justice Fagan denied her bail.
Ms Adilovic and her partner used a “drug-run phone” to organise cocaine deals with hundreds of clients.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the pair used a second phone to co-ordinate deliveries of the cocaine.
They also allegedly sent out bulk text messages to their client base promoting their drug business.
Mr Issa’s personal trainer brother Adam Issa and a fourth man, James Hancock, were arrested in March during concurrent raids on two Campsie properties.
Ms Adilovic’s partner faced the same charges, plus one count of possessing steroids.