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Couple in alleged meth lab bust face court for skipping bail

Coffs Harbour detectives travelled to Ipswich to extradite accused local drug dealers Paul Donnelly and Karina Greenwood back to NSW.
Coffs Harbour detectives travelled to Ipswich to extradite accused local drug dealers Paul Donnelly and Karina Greenwood back to NSW. Contributed

UPDATE: A Coffs Harbour couple, who allegedly hid out in Queensland following a meth-lab bust at a Pacific Hwy caravan park, have fronted a NSW court.

Paul Donnelly, 40 and Karina Greenwood, 48 were arrested at Ipswich earlier this week and extradited back to Lismore where they appeared in court on Thursday for failing to comply with bail conditions.

Police allege the pair and another woman Christine Buchanan were running an active drug lab out of a van at the Koala Villas Caravan Park.

All three were arrested on drug manufacturing charges following a raid the park in January, last year.

Despite being released on strict bail conditions, the trio allegedly left Coffs Harbour and headed north of the border.

Buchanan was arrested on the Gold Coast last month.

All three have been remanded in custody and will appear in the Coffs Harbour Local Court next Monday, July 22.

The drug lab was uncovered in a villa at a Boambee caravan park.
The drug lab was uncovered in a villa at a Boambee caravan park. Rob Wright

EARLIER STORY: A Coffs Harbour couple, who skipped bail after their caravan was raided during a major meth-lab bust last year, have been captured in Queensland and extradited back to NSW.

Paul Donnelly, 40 and Karina Greenwood 48, were arrested at Ipswich this week after almost a year and a half on the run.

Coffs Harbour detectives travelled to Queensland and brought the pair back to Lismore where they will front court on Thursday.

Their alleged accomplice, Christine Buchanan, was arrested on the Gold Coast last month and is currently before the courts.

The trio was arrested when early morning raids of their van allegedly uncovered an active drug lab and forced the Koala Villas Caravan Park into lockdown in January.

Police allege Greenwood and Buchanan were in the process of cooking meth when they arrived.

After being charged with drug manufacturing, all three allegedly ignored strict bail conditions and left NSW.

Acting Coffs/Clarence Crime Manager Det Sen Sgt Peter O'Reilly said the arrests should send a message that police are prepared to go to any lengths to catch accused criminals who fail to comply with the state's bail laws.

"This has been a protracted investigation which has sent detectives across the border on two occasions but people need to understand we will continue to work with Queensland police to ensure offenders do not slip under the radar," Det O'Reilly said.

"You can only spend so much time looking over your shoulder before police catch up with you...it's simply not worth it."

Topics:  drug bust extradition meth lab


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