Guns, drugs found in police bikie-crime raids
RAIDS targeting bikie-related crime have netted 28 grams of ice in Toowoomba as well as a gun and illicit drug utensils near Cooyar.
A lawyer appearing on behalf of Trevor John Jones, 32, yesterday told Toowoomba Magistrates Court the crystalline substance had been found in his client's car which was parked some distance from the unit where Jones had been visiting a friend from his school days.
The search was conducted on Thursday morning in a joint operation between officers from Taskforce Maxima and Darling Downs District Tactical Crime Squad.
Dressed in watch house issue browns, Jones yesterday sat quietly in the court dock as duty solicitor Shane MacDonald applied for bail on his behalf.
Objecting to Jones' bail application, police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Robinson said the defendant had an "ice" addiction.
Referring to "ice" as "amphetamine on steroids", Sgt Robinson said police were concerned Jones would return to using and dealing in the drug if granted bail.
The court heard Jones had told police he spent between $4000 and $5000 a month on drugs which he supplied to his friends who reimbursed him.
Mr MacDonald said it would take some months for the substance to be analysed.
His client could live with his parents in Kingsthorpe during the period of remand and would abide by all bail conditions set by the court, he submitted.
However, Magistrate Damian Carroll said the charges of possessing and supplying a dangerous drug were serious and that the drug posed a "significant potential of harm to the community".
Mr Carroll refused bail and remanded Jones in custody with the case next to be mentioned in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on September 5.
Meanwhile, an unrelated search on Thursday afternoon of a rural property at Rangemore, west of Cooyar, yielded and unsecured .22 calibre firearm, illicit drug utensils and a quantity of white powder.
A 41-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman, both residents of the property, were yesterday helping police with their investigations.
Darling Downs District Tactical Crime Squad officer-in-charge Scott Stahlhut said the raids were in response to criminal motorcycle gangs and their unlawful activities.