A MAN facing a raft of drugs charges after he overtook a police car has been released on bail and slapped with a fresh offence.
Desmond John Daves has been in custody since his arrest on July 21 but took his quest for freedom to the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney which granted him bail earlier this month.
As part of the bail conditions, 53-year-old Daves must reside in Gunnedah and report daily to police.
Previously a local magistrate refused Daves’ bail on concerns of flight risk and the protection of the community.
He was ordered to front Tamworth Local Court yesterday after Magistrate Mal Macpherson questioned his whereabouts when his case was called.
“I have nothing about (him) being excused to attend, so you better get him here,” Magistrate Macpherson told the agent solicitor.
Daves arrived at the court and appeared yesterday afternoon dressed in grey pants, a blue checked shirt and a tie.
The court was told a fresh charge of knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime has been laid against Daves.
His solicitor requested an adjournment for the return of subpoenas in the case.
The Queensland man is yet to enter a plea to any of the nine charges stemming from his arrest on the Oxley Highway at Somerton on July 21.
Oxley highway patrol officers were patrolling the road when Daves overtook a police officer.
He was clocked travelling at 150km/h in a 100km/h zone.
While Daves lost his licence on the spot and was issued a speeding fine, police allege they uncovered methylamphetamine, cocaine and cannabis, as well as more than $50,000 in cash, after a search of the silver Audi Quattro.
Officers will allege drug paraphernalia and other prohibited drugs were also seized from inside the car.
He’s been charged with two counts of supplying a prohibited drug that’s more than an indictable quantity, three counts of possessing a prohibited drug, possessing goods suspected of being stolen, dealing with the proceeds of crime that’s more than $50,000, driving under the influence and knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime.
Daves’ Supreme Court bail was continued, with the case adjourned until December 11.