A MAN allegedly found with more than 28g of drugs stashed down his pants in Tamworth has been refused bail.
Phillip Patrick John Tindall was refused bail in Tamworth Local Court on Tuesday morning on charges of supplying methylamphetamine, possessing an extendable baton as well as dealing with the suspected proceeds of crime, namely $380 in cash found in his wallet.
The 33-year-old was arrested after Tamworth Target Action Group (TAG) police stopped a silver Mazda in Milburn Road, shortly after 7.30pm on Monday.
Tindall was stripsearched by police following his arrest and the was allegedly trying to conceal a blask plastic wrapped package in his groin area.
According to police facts, investigators allege “the total weight of those bags containing methylamphetamine was found to be 28.02g”.
Police prosecutor Rob Baillie opposed bail and said Tindall was a risk of committing further serious offences and the protection of the community was needed.
It’s a strong prosecution case, items were found on him.Police prosecutor Rob Baillie
“He has a history of supplying drugs,” Mr Baillie said pointing to his criminal record which “has like matters”, and was also currently on good behaviour bonds.
“It’s a strong prosecution case, items were found on him.”
Solicitor Stephen O’Reilly said the type of drug was in dispute as well as the weight, claiming the drugs were weighed in the packaging.
He said Tindall had strong ties to the community, and lived with family, and could report regularly, if granted bail, to police.
He said his client would have to wait for analysts’ certificates and “if this matter was to go to trial ... there is a substantial delay at this stage.
[It’s] unlikely this matter would get a hearing date before 2019, so a significant delay.Solicitor Stephen O'Reilly
“[It’s] unlikely this matter would get a hearing date before 2019, so a significant delay,” he said.
Acting magistrate Mal MacPherson said “it was a strong prosecution case” and “not an insignificant amount of the drug”.
He pointed to Tindall being on bonds for similar matters last year and said “the court couldn’t have any confidence” that any conditions imposed would “mitigate the risk of further offending”, and consequently refused bail.