18.2gms of meth found in underpants
A WANGARATTA man found with 18.2 grams of methylamphetamine in his underpants after a police search was granted bail in Wangaratta Magistrates Court yesterday.
The court was told the accused, Darcy Evans, was a rear seat passenger in a rental vehicle with NSW number plates pulled over by Wangaratta police at 3.40am on September 6.
The driver, who was already known to police for theft of another rental car, and another passenger had already faced a number of charges from the incident.
When police searched the vehicle Evans handed over a small bag containing 4gms of cannabis buds and told police he had no other drugs in his possession.
The search of the vehicle found another bag of methylamphetamine as well as $6000 cash under the driver’s seat.
Evans was taken back to the Wangaratta police station where a subsequent search found methylamphetamine in his underpants which had a street value of $9100 according to police.
Evans allegedly told police the drugs were not his but he had hidden them for the driver.
Senior Constable Mindy Stewart gave evidence opposing bail saying Evans had a six year criminal history which included two failures to appear at court when on bail.
A report to the court said he would be able to stay with his partner and young daughter in Wangaratta and also undertake a medical review.
Solicitor Jonathon Rattray representing Evans said his client acknowledged he had a drug problem despite denying using drugs at the time of the arrest.
He suggested that 18gms of methylamphetamine could be bought on the street for $2000 rather than the $9000 estimated by police.
Magistrate David Farram granted Evans bail to reappear at Wangaratta Magistrate’s Court on October 11 with several conditions including reporting to police daily, living with his partner and child and adhering to a curfew from 7pm to 6.30am.