A COURT has been told charges against a man accused of firearms and drug supply could be upgraded.
Travis James Wilson is facing eight charges including supplying a firearm, six counts of supplying drugs and one charge of supplying prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis – an offence that carries a maximum of 20 years in prison, if convicted.
Wilson appeared in Tamworth Local Court flanked by family, and solicitor Stephen O’Reilly said he had been informed of developments one day prior.
“The Crown is intending to upgrade one of the charges to something more serious,” he told the court.
The Crown is intending to upgrade one of the charges to something more serious.- Solicitor Stephen O’Reilly
DPP solicitor Cat McKay confirmed that “in essence, the matter will need to be seen by chambers before it can be committed” to the district court.
Magistrate Julie Soars granted the parties extra time but said it needed to progress in July.
“This is one that has really got a bit of age about it,” she said. Wilson remains on conditional bail.
Co-accused Ben Woodard appeared in the dock and smiled at a family member, seated in the court.
Ms McKay said it was “a matter where there has been some negotiations,” but more time was needed.
He’s one of several arrested by Strike Force Delaney – a secret operation by Oxley police investigating an alleged drug and gun supply ring.
His solicitor Ben Curnow said the situation had “changed slightly” and they needed further time.
Woodard is accused of dealing in more than $200,000 in cash that investigators allege is the proceeds of crime, and supplying more than 1.1kg of the drug ice.
Woodard has been in custody since he was arrested in a sting on September 10, last year, and made no application for bail.
He’s facing 15 charges in total including supplying a large commercial quantity of drugs and 11 other drug supply charges.
Co-accused former bullrider Jordan Lane-Robb also fronted court on the same day but is yet to enter a plea to charges he supplied 280g of the drug ice.
Ms McKay said there “are negotiations ongoing”.
“There has been also some additional material served that needs to be considered,” she said.
Lane-Robb’s agent solicitor said the defence were also “seeking counsel advice” in the meantime.
Ms Soars adjourned the cases until later this month.
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