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Meth and guns seized in Newtown search

Darling Downs Tactical Crime Squad officer Constable Nick McGauley inspects methamphetamine, ammunition and inoperable firearms seized from a Gostwyck St home in Newtown.
Darling Downs Tactical Crime Squad officer Constable Nick McGauley inspects methamphetamine, ammunition and inoperable firearms seized from a Gostwyck St home in Newtown. Nev Madsen

A 24-YEAR-OLD man allegedly tried to hide more than 12g of methamphetamine in his underpants when police raided a Newtown home.

Thomas James Carlin appeared in custody in Toowoomba Magistrates Court today charged with possession of the drug.

His arrest came after Darling Downs Tactical Crime Squad officers raided a Gostwyck St home last night.

The search also uncovered ammunition and two inoperable handguns as well as a shortened rifle, for which charges had not been laid.

A 21-year-old Toowoomba man and a 22-year-old Gatton man were also charged at the home for possessing about 1g each of methamphetamine.

Defence solicitor Nathan Bouchier this morning applied for Carlin's bail.

Mr Bouchier said his client would be seeking to have the drugs analysed.

He said his client had a two-year-old daughter who lived with her mother and had previously worked as a tattoo artist.

His client was also on a return to prison warrant for breaching conditions of his parole.

Magistrate Graham Lee noted in the police objection to bail that Carlin was alleged to have tried to hide a clip seal bag containing 12.4g of methamphetamine in his underpants.

Mr Lee said Carlin was also recently located in the presence of known drug offenders.

The type of drug allegedly found was also a factor in his decision to refuse Carlin's bail application.

"It's alleged to be methamphetamine, a very serious drug and something that is endemic in today's society," Mr Lee said.

Carlin was remanded in custody for his matters to be next mentioned on March 2.

Topics:  court guns methamphetamine raid toowoomba


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