Man ac­cused of ma­jor drug crimes $1.2 mil­lion worth of drugs al­legedly found in car at Du­l­ulu

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AC­CUSED CQ drug sup­plier Bren­den Michael Man­itzky’s clean crim­i­nal his­tory was a key fac­tor in a Rockhampton mag­is­trate last week grant­ing bail to the Gracemere man.

Man­itzky, 30, faces six se­ri­ous drug-re­lated charges, in­clud­ing three counts of sup­ply, af­ter a car he was driv­ing was stopped by police for an RBT on the Le­ich­hardt Hwy, near Du­l­ulu about 1.30pm last Thurs­day. It’s al­leged more than 1kg of ice, 7.9kg of cannabis and 170g of co­caine worth $1.2 mil­lion was found in the ve­hi­cle.

Though police ob­jected to Man­itzky’s ap­pli­ca­tion for bail, Act­ing Mag­is­trate Mark Morrow granted it with sev­eral con­di­tions, in­clud­ing he re­port to au­thor­i­ties ev­ery day, pay a $1000 surety and not travel over­seas.

Man­itzky, dressed in a t-shirt and shorts, sport­ing a shaved head and bushy beard, was sup­ported by his fam­ily in court.

The plas­terer and fa­ther of two had his wife, fa­ther and brother present.

Police pros­e­cu­tor Clancy Fox ar­gued Man­itzky was a flight risk due to the like­li­hood of a lengthy prison sen­tence hang­ing over his head.

Mr Fox said the se­ri­ous­ness of the of­fences and likely pun­ish­ment in­creased the risk he would not re-ap­pear.

He also raised con­cerns the ac­cused could fall back into his al­leged re-of­fend­ing be­hav­iour.

Mr Fox said Man­itzky faced a sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod of jail time, with a strong police case which in­cluded the find­ings and ad­mis­sions the ac­cused had made of his ac­tiv­i­ties over a one-year pe­riod.

De­fence lawyer Grant Cag­ney ar­gued bail was not a sen­tenc­ing tool.

Mr Cag­ney said very lit­tle ev­i­dence had been pre­sented at this early stage re­gard­ing the sup­ply charges.

He said police doc­u­men­ta­tion showed the ar­rest­ing of­fi­cer had not deemed Man­itzky a risk fac­tor for any of the Bail Act cri­te­ria which usu­ally pre­cluded ac­cused of­fend­ers from bail.

Mr Cag­ney ar­gued Man­itzky’s strong ties to the com­mu­nity, lack of pass­port and clean crim­i­nal his­tory demon­strated he was not a flight risk.

He said the mat­ter of sen­tenc­ing would be for a higher court to de­ter­mine once all facts were known.

Man­itzky will reap­pear in court at the end of May.

DRUG BUST: De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Luke Peachey checks out a large quan­tity of drugs al­legedly dis­cov­ered dur­ing an RBT last Thurs­day when police stopped a ve­hi­cle along the Le­ich­hardt Hwy, near Du­l­ulu. Police say the seizure puts a large dent in the Capri­cor­nia re­gion's drug scene. The haul is one of the big­gest in re­cent times. PHOTO: ME­LANIE PLANE

Bren­den Michael Man­itzky. PHOTO: FACE­BOOK

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