Charity crusader’s alleged double life as a drug trafficker
THE dramatic arrest of a Brisbane charity pioneer, turned alleged drug dealer has shocked former friends.
Kristine Eleanor Roebig, 48, of Bald Hills - who was once lauded in state parliament - was arrested this week after a police sting targeting an alleged ice syndicate.
The focus of Operation Broadside, Roebig was described as the alleged "head of the snake" that had been cut off with her arrest.
Police alleged they found an "Aladdin's Cave" of stolen property at her home when it was raided on Tuesday.
Detectives will allege Roebig was exchanging ice for stolen property in a gear for goods scheme connected to the so called Northside Gang.
But a little more than a decade ago Roebig cut a very different figure - a mother crusading for a cure to a very rare disease that afflicted two of her children.
In early 2007 her two youngest were diagnosed with Ataxia-telangiectasia (AT) - a disease described as the worst of cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis combined with a susceptibility to cancer and lung disease.
Extremely rare, incurable and poorly understood Roebig along with husband Sean set up the charity BrashA-T later that year to pioneer a cure.
Before she resigned from the charity in late 2015 Roebig was dogged in her efforts, those who knew her said.
"She was such a driving force behind it all," one person said.
"For eight years she fought for a cure, set up the first clinic in Australia for AT and tirelessly fundraised. She really did amazing stuff for so long".