Ice Break­ers’ drug ac­cused in court

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Tim Ed­munds

An Al­bany man ac­cused of deal­ing metham­phetamine while he was the fa­cil­i­ta­tor of the Ice Break­ers drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram has made a brief first ap­pear­ance in court to­day.

Craig Ray­mond Golding, 39, was not re­quired to plead to 15 counts of of­fer­ing to sell or sup­ply metham­phetamine when he fronted Alba- ny Mag­is­trate’s Court this morn­ing.

Mr Golding was charged by Al­bany de­tec­tives af­ter a search war­rant was ex­e­cuted on a Spencer Park home ear­lier this month where po­lice al­lege an amount of illicit drugs and other items of in­ter­est were found.

The court was told Mr Golding al­legedly of­fered to sell or sup­ply metham­phetamine on 15 oc­ca­sions from Au­gust 23 to Oc­to­ber 12 this year.

Eight counts al­legedly oc­curred in Au­gust, five in Septem­ber and two in Oc­to­ber.

Mr Golding ac­knowl­edged he un­der­stood the 15 charges be­fore his de­fence lawyer in­di­cated he would be ap­ply­ing for Le­gal Aid and there­fore re­quested a six-week ad­journ­ment for le­gal ad­vice.

Pros­e­cut­ing Sergeant Alan Dean told the court po­lice would be mak­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion for the charges to be heard in the District Court at Mr Golding’s next court ap­pear­ance.

Last week the State Govern­ment pub­licly backed Ice Break­ers, a ground-break­ing non-residential 12-week pro­gram run by re­cov­er­ing metham­phetamine ad­dicts which fo­cuses on ed­u­ca­tion and cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy housed by Al­bany PCYC since 2015.

The State Govern­ment’s fund­ing com­mit­ment of $360,000 to a twoyear trial of the pro­gram be­gan in 2017 and is set to con­clude at the end of the fi­nan­cial year, be­fore it is re­viewed.

Mr Golding will next ap­pear in Al­bany Mag­is­trate’s Court on Jan­uary 31.

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