A former hotel manager has been banned from entering or being employed at any licensed premises for nine months after police alleged she helped a customer buy drugs from someone at the premises she used to run.
In a recent Liquor Commission ruling, Jacqueline Toni Oates was deemed to have fallen "well short of the expected standards" as manager at a licensed premises.
Police applied for Ms Oates' prohibition order in February, asking for her to be prohibited from entering or being employed by a licensee for five years.
In their submission, police claimed Ms Oates had assisted in "facilitating the supply of illicit drugs at a licensed premises of which she was an approved manager".
"In facilitating the supply of illicit drugs, Ms Oates abused her position as an approved manager of the licensed premises," police said.
"The sale and distribution of illicit drugs on licensed premises is contrary to the proper development of the liquor industry and in addition to being not in the public interest. It is unlawful."
Ms Oates told the Liquor Commission the confidential information, on which police centred their application, appeared to be based on anonymous reports and should be regarded with great caution as to its veracity.
She said though she admitted pointing someone in the right direction to get drugs, "she did not supply, or possess with intent to sell and did not benefit financially in any way".
Ms Oates said she had no previous record of involvement with drugs and is the principal breadwinner for her family.
In its determination, the commission accepted that Ms Oates was not directly involved in the sale of the drugs and that she may have felt pressured to assist the inquirer as to where he might obtain drugs.
But it said it was a serious matter for a person holding the position of approved manager to be involved in any way, however peripherally, in the supply and sale of drugs.
"A person who is employed as an approved manager is required to exhibit high standards of honesty and integrity," the commission said.
"He/she must be able to effectively manage the business under a licence and this involves, amongst other things, dealing with difficult situations lawfully and responsively . . ."