ONE of the men at the centre of an alleged drug supply ring has had his charges adjourned after he sacked his solicitor and moved his case to another.
Jordan Lane-Robb appeared in Tamworth Local Court this week on seven drug-related charges, along with several co-accused arrested in relation to Strike Force Delaney.
The former bullrider is accused of supplying more than 280g of the drug ice in East Tamworth between June 12 and September last year.
He’s also accused of five other counts of supplying the drug between the same time period, as well as dealing with the proceeds of crime, and was arrested following raids in September. He is yet to enter pleas.
Detectives allege he handled $52,250 in cash to buy the drug between June and September, knowing it was the proceeds of crime.
Solicitor Yvonne Phillipos told the court Lane-Robb had approached her to take over his case from a previous solicitor and she needed an adjournment to consider the brief of evidence which includes a series of telephone intercepts.
“[I will] look at organising Legal Aid for Mr Lane-Robb,” she told the court.
DPP solicitor Andrew Baker didn’t oppose the adjournment and said the full brief had been served so the case would be ready to move to the district court on the next date.
“The matter is currently with chambers so it certainly will be,” he said.
Magistrate Julie Soars continued Lane-Robb’s bail and adjourned the case to August.
“I’ll note the file has been transferred to a new solicitor,” she said.
Co-accused Josie Taylor did not appear in court after problems with the video link from the Wollongong Legal Aid office but is yet to enter pleas to five counts of supplying drugs.
Legal Aid solicitor Rae Parker said the case is “not ready” but “it will be a committal for sentence”.
“I’m seeking a month so that it is finally settled,” she said.
Mr Baker said the DPP needed more time.
“My instructions are that we received a plea offer,” he told the court.
“That needs to be considered.
“The delay is we need to receive a transcript of the ERISP [recorded police interview] to consider that.”
Ms Soars noted “there is negotiations” and adjourned the case to next month and continued Taylor’s bail.
Co-accused Ben Woodard, Travis Wilson and Brandon Reed, all facing drug supply or firearm-related charges had their cases adjourned to August.
Reed is facing 10 drug supply charges and one count of dealing with the suspected proceeds of crime.
Police allege Reed was dealing with more than $21,000 in cash that was sourced during criminal activity, but he is yet to enter pleas.
Detectives allege Woodard was one of the main targets in the police operation and is yet to enter pleas to 15 charges. He and Reed remain bail refused while Wilson had his bail continued.
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