A SYDNEY man has succeeded in his bid for freedom after he was charged with drug offences in Gunnedah.
Ricky John Austin, 33, was arrested, along with a Gunnedah man, after they were stopped by police early on Saturday morning.
Police allege they found a quantity of amphetamines as well $2500 in cash, which was stuffed in the ashtray of the vehicle, Tamworth Local Court was told.
Austin, who appeared in the dock yesterday, was supported in court by his brother.
He’s facing five offences including supplying a prohibited drug, possessing a prohibited drug and dealing with property suspected of being the proceeds of crime.
During a bail application yesterday, a solicitor for Austin told the court the 33-year-old Glenmore Park man was visiting a friend in the area.
“He was in the region to catch up with a mate who lives at Tambar Springs,” she said.
“They were going shooting.”
Austin’s solicitor said the quantities of drugs seized still needed to be verified.
“Allegation the amphetamines is 12.09g, but that is weighed in its packaging,” she told the court.
The court was told the cash in the glove box was Austin’s savings to buy a friend’s quad bike, pictures of which were shown to the court.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Cynthia Donovan argued Austin should remain behind bars.
“Given the serious nature of the offences,” she said.
“Sequence 4 relates to 12.09g of amphetamines ... a penalty likely to be a custodial sentence.
“And given the quantity of those drugs [allegedly] found in his
Magistrate Roger Prowse granted Austin conditional bail on the basis he report to police three times a week in Sydney.
He’s ordered a brief of evidence be served on the accused before the matter returns to court on November 11.