18.2gms of meth found in un­der­pants

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

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.

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