Tamworth men in court on drug supply charge

TWO Tamworth men and a suspected senior member of the Comancheros outlaw motorcycle gang fronted court yesterday on more than 10 drug supply charges between them.

It was the first time the men appeared at Tamworth Local Court, for mention, after they were arrested on August 3 in a Cessnock fast food restaurant’s car park.

The two Tamworth men, 24-year-old Curtis Rhys Taylor and 23-year-old Norman Thomas Graham Bryan, had allegedly travelled to Cessnock to buy drugs.

Taylor had allegedly been found with an amount of methylamphetamines and cash in his possession at the time of his arrest.

A search of his Daruka home also uncovered more drugs and a shortened rifle.

Their arrests were the result of a police sting, co-ordinated by Tamworth, Maitland and Wyong officers, which had also searched a 46-year-old Gorokan man’s home. 

Police had said the man, Jesse James, was a senior member of the Comancheros and more cash and drugs had been found at his home. 

Yesterday, he appeared at the Tamworth court on four charges, including three counts of supplying a prohibited drug and dealing with property suspected to be the proceeds of crime.

Taylor appeared on four supply of prohibited drug charges – one on an ongoing basis – as well as taking part in the supply of a prohibited drug, possess an unregistered firearm and not keep firearm safely. Bryan appeared on four drug supply charges.

As a result of yesterday’s court proceedings, all three men’s bail was continued and they will next appear on January 16.

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