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Model, 23, busted after Christmas cocaine sting walks free from court to cosmetic clinic


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A model who was caught selling cocaine at a popular Sydney nightlife spot has walked out of the courtroom and into a cosmetic clinic as she awaits sentencing.

Social media star and casino waitress Veronica Zinger, 23, was caught with four bags of cocaine, $2,150 in cash and a gram of MDMA in her handbag after plain-clothes policemen ambushed her customer at Sydney’s Darling Harbour on November 29.

She pleaded guilty on Tuesday to four counts after being charged with two of supplying a prohibited drug, one of possession and another for dealing with the proceeds of crime.

But less than 24 hours later Zinger was back on her Instagram grind, sharing footage of her trip to a cosmetic clinic for cheek injections and a lip blush tattooing. 

In a separate post on Thursday, she shared footage of her sporting gym clothing in her car and encouraging her 92,000 followers to take advantage of a discount code. 

Young model Veronica Zinger (pictured) – who was caught selling cocaine at a popular nightlife spot – has walked out of the courtroom and into a cosmetic clinic as she awaits sentencing

More than 90,000 Instagram followers: Ms Zinger in glamorous shots prior to her ambush by NSW police

More than 90,000 Instagram followers: Ms Zinger in glamorous shots prior to her ambush by NSW police

In a separate post on Thursday (pictured), she shared footage to her more than 92,000 followers of her sporting and promoting gym wear in her car

In a separate post on Thursday (pictured), she shared footage to her more than 92,000 followers of her sporting and promoting gym wear in her car

Zinger’s business as usual aesthetic was further emphasised by multiple clips on her Instagram story of her working out at the gym and lifting weights. 

In another post, she shared an elaborate spread of food in front of her which appeared to have been taken at the restaurant Sushi Train. 

Court facts seen by Daily Mail Australia earlier this week detailed Zinger’s fall from grace. 

Court facts described an incident which is a far cry from the jet-setting life she portrayed on social media at Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Croatia and Dubai earlier last year.

About 4.30pm on Friday, November 29, Zinger’s customer was ambushed by plain-clothed officers as he strolled away with two bags of cocaine. 

The man coughed up the 1.4grams he was carrying, the document said, and admitted he had bought it from Zinger on Shelley St. 

Zinger had only managed to drive around the corner to Lime St, Barangaroo, when she was pulled over by officers. 

She pleaded guilty to four counts after being caught with cocaine by police, but was back at the gym for business as usual almost immediately after

Multiple clips on her Instagram story showed Zinger working out at the gym and lifting weights

She pleaded guilty to four counts after being caught with cocaine by police, but was back at the gym for business as usual almost immediately after

In another post, she shared an elaborate spread of food in front of her which appeared to have been taken at the restaurant Sushi Train

In another post, she shared an elaborate spread of food in front of her which appeared to have been taken at the restaurant Sushi Train

Zinger, 23, was sprung dealing cocaine  by plain clothed police officers at the beginning of the Christmas party season last November

Zinger, 23, was sprung dealing cocaine  by plain clothed police officers at the beginning of the Christmas party season last November

Zinger was arrested with four bags of cocaine in the console of her Honda CRV, court facts said

She clutched a Louis Vuitton handbag and her mobile phone outside court this week

Zinger, left and right this week, clutched her phone and Louis Vuitton handbag outside Sydney’s Downing Centre court complex

In the version of events laid out in court facts, Zinger was frank about what she had been up to.   

Asked if she had any more drugs in her car, she said: ‘Yeah, some bags in the centre console’ –  ‘coke, cocaine’.  

She couldn’t remember how much the customer paid her but said: ‘I don’t remember yeah, I think it was $500.’ 

To make matters worse, officers found a gram of MDMA in her handbag. 

‘It’s probably MDMA,’ she told officers, according to the court facts.

 ‘I dunno, like I know it’s not mine, but I might have left it there from ages ago’. 

Italy's Amalfi Coast: One of several bikini photos Ms Zinger posted during a two month long European trip, months before she was arrested for dealing cocaine

Italy’s Amalfi Coast: One of several bikini photos Ms Zinger posted during a two month long European trip, months before she was arrested for dealing cocaine

Striking a pose in Croatia: The 23-year-old had previously flaunted her jet-setting life on Instagram with flashy shots taken all over Europe prior to her arrest

Striking a pose in Croatia: The 23-year-old had previously flaunted her jet-setting life on Instagram with flashy shots taken all over Europe prior to her arrest

Officers found four bags of cocaine and two phones in her car – which contained messages with directions for another drug deal nearby.  

Police also found $2,150 in her wallet and car console in $50 and $100 notes, and charged her dealing in the proceeds of crime.  

Zinger was one of 84 people arrested by NSW Police over six days over cocaine supply and distribution late last year. 

Those arrested included a Royal Australian Air Force staffer, a pregnant woman and a taxi driver.  Police allege 46 of those were dealers. 

Daily Mail Australia does not suggest Zinger is connected to any of the alleged dealers. 

Tough day: Zinger after facing court this week... she will learn her fate in March after a pre-sentence report is completed

Tough day: Zinger after facing court this week… she will learn her fate in March after a pre-sentence report is completed

Zinger appeared in court Tuesday, dressed in a black business suit and heels, as her lawyer Paul Kenny entered her guilty pleas to all charges. 

Mr Kenny asked for a magistrate for a sentencing assessment report, describing the arrest as a ‘serious event with serious consequences’. 

She will return to court in March for sentencing. 

A spokesman for The Star, where court facts said she was working, declined to comment.  

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