Ac­cused in court af­ter UK re­turn

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Chris Cal­cino

AC­CUSED drug traf­ficker Mark Coul­ton has been flown un­der po­lice guard to face court in Cairns af­ter be­ing ex­tra­dited from the UK.

The 56-year-old was es­corted through the air­port by two plain­clothes of­fi­cers and put into an await­ing pad­dy­wagon on Mon­day morn­ing.

He ap­peared in Cairns Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Mr Coul­ton is charged with con­spir­ing with Port Dou­glas man Peter Mitchell to im­port a com­mer­cial quan­tity of pseu­doephedrine – a pre­cur­sor to metham­phetamine – from Kenya to Aus­tralia be­tween Au­gust 2014 and April 2015.

Po­lice al­lege the pair ar­ranged for 18kg of pills to be sent through the post, with plans to sell to drug man­u­fac­tur­ers in Cairns and Syd­ney.

Mr Mitchell, 60, was charged with con­spir­ing to pre-traf­fic a com­mer­cial quan­tity of a con­trolled pre­cur­sor and is next due to face the Cairns Mag­is­trates Court for men­tion on March 7.

Mag­is­trate Janelle Brass­ing­ton heard Mr Coul­ton would be rep­re­sented by a Syd­ney law firm.

She told Mr Coul­ton he would not need to phys­i­cally at­tend his next court men­tion if he pre­ferred to ap­pear via video-link.

“We’ll do the video-link, that’d be great,” he re­sponded.

Mr Coul­ton did not make an ap­pli­ca­tion for bail and was re­manded in cus­tody to ap­pear for com­mit­tal men­tion on May 2.

Pic­ture: MARC MCCORMACK

Drug con­spir­acy ac­cused Mark Coul­ton.

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