DETECTIVES have been granted more time to compile the evidence against a man facing life behind bars for allegedly supplying ice in Tamworth.
Ben Woodard, 32, has been in custody since his arrest in a coordinated operation by Strike Force Delaney police on September 10.
He is alleged to have supplied more than 1kg of the drug ice in and around the Tamworth area earlier this year.
Investigators allege he was also in possession of a revolver in the Tamworth area and supplied it to a person without a licence.
He was not required to enter pleas in Tamworth Local Court on Wednesday as Magistrate Roger Prowse granted an adjournment to the end of November for detectives to compile evidence, including transcribing a large quantity of telephone intercept material and drug analysis certificates.
Woodard will remains behind bars, along with co-accused Jason Luke Ritchie.
Ritchie, 25, appeared via video link in court before solicitor Stephen O’Reilly asked for time to comb the brief of evidence on his client who is charged with supplying more than 150g of methylamphetamine or ice.
"This is a matter where the brief has only just come my way,” Mr O’Reilly told the court. He made no application for bail for his client.
Co-accused Tyler Jones has been committed to stand trial on charges he allegedly supplied 31 times the indictable quantity of ice, or more than 150g.
Jones, 22, was arrested on July 11 near Nundle after he was intercepted by Nundle police who allegedly located drugs, some of which were secreted in underwear, police allege.
He remains on conditional bail ahead of a trial, expected late next year.
Former bullrider Jordan Lane-Robb remains on bail charged with supplying 280g of the drug ice, following his arrest by the strike force.
The 21-year-old Tamworth-based former bullrider is the latest arrest by Strike Force Delaney – a secret sting by Oxley police targeting the supply of ice in Tamworth and Western NSW.
Strike Force Delaney was instigated in February after a tip-off to police during the Tamworth Country Music Festival about alleged supplies of the drug ice in the rodeo circuits.
Five people have been arrested as part of Strike Force Delaney after Leigh Mitchell Weyman was refused bail on September 19 in Sydney. Police allege he’s the upper-level supplier of the drug ring.