A TAMWORTH couple accused of operating a drug ring and allegedly supplying synthetic drugs across town have been granted extra time to build their defence.
Phillip Doorey, 45, and his co-accused wife, Kim, are facing 11 drug-related charges between them after they were arrested by detectives attached to Strike Force Gavey on June 27.
In a brief appearance in Tamworth Local Court, Mrs Doorey sat in the court dressed in a blue and white striped shirt with black pants, as her husband appeared via video-link from Sydney’s Long Bail jail.
The couple were supported by family members, seated in the back of the court.
Mr Doorey’s solicitor, Rae Parker, told the court she needed further time to settle some charges and resolve issues relating to the alleged supply of synthetic drugs.
“The consideration of the issue of the supply of a synthetic product which causes us to ponder the various defences,” she told the court.
A laboratory certificate certifying the type of drugs seized during raids was only returned last month.
The court was told one of the alleged drugs involved was a white powder, containing Alpha-PVP, commonly referred to as “bath salts”.
Ms Parker said the synthetic drug had been in the news as recently as last week, after its use was detailed in a coronial inquest into the death of a Newcastle man last year.
“It’s a significant issue,” Ms Parker said. She said following the analysis she needed time to brief the public defender and consider the brief of evidence.
“As well as a further conference with a forensic chemist,” she told the court.
“I need some time for that to happen.”
Mr Doorey did not make an application for bail and it was formally refused by Magistrate Roger Prowse.
The 45-year-old has been in custody since his June arrest but Ms Parker signalled there could be a bail application on the next occasion.
“On the basis of the alleged substance that is supplied,” she said.
Mrs Doorey had her NSW Supreme Court bail continued.
Neither of the accused are yet to enter pleas to the offences.
Strike Force Gavey was established in May this year to investigate the supply of drugs in Tamworth.
Police allege between May 20 and June 24, Mr Doorey conducted 70 separate drug transactions in the Tamworth area.
The couple are accused of supplying drugs, primarily out of their Garden St home, on a regular basis.
During two subsequent raids in June detectives allegedly seized an amount of methylamphetamine, cannabis, cash, numerous items used to administer illicit drugs as well as a Holden Commodore and Honda motorbike.
Magistrate Prowse has adjourned the case to November 27 for a committal “depending on the outcome and the analyses.”