Shepparton News

Man faces court on drug traffickin­g charge

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A Cobram man police allege played a role in a Mongols outlaw motorcycle gang drug traffickin­g syndicate has faced court.

Matthew Eddy, 21, faced the Shepparton Magistrate­s’ Court charged with traffickin­g cocaine and committing an indictable offence while on bail.

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Deryn Boote told the court a number of phone calls made between Eddy and Joshua Eddy — the accused’s cousin and an alleged Sergeant-at-Arms for the Mongols OMCG’s Riverside chapter — had been intercepte­d as part of an Echo Taskforce investigat­ion into a drug traffickin­g syndicate.

Joshua Eddy, 29, is charged with traffickin­g a large commercial quantity of cocaine and methamphet­amine.

At a bail applicatio­n for Matthew Eddy, the court heard evidence police allege showed Joshua and Matthew discussing drug traffickin­g, including Matthew asking his cousin on April 17 if they could catch up for ‘coffee’, a word police allege is code for cocaine. Joshua would respond ‘‘if you’re out of milk, dad’s home, I’ll sort it out’’.

On May 7, the court heard Matthew said on a call with Joshua ‘‘you going to have any coffee at all’’ and ‘‘can I get one off you’’.

It is also alleged on May 28 Joshua said to Matthew ‘‘he just needs something at Barooga Pub . . . do you have it?’’, to which Matthew replied ‘‘yeah, what, C or?’’ and ‘‘yeah I’ve got one left’’.

The court heard search warrants were executed at a number of Cobram addresses on July 18, with 80 g of cocaine, 1 kg of cutting agents, a pill press and two imitation firearms found at Joshua’s house.

The accused was allegedly living at his father’s house at the time — another property that was searched — but was not present when the warrant was executed.

Leading Sen Constable Boote said police then identified a new Cobram address for Matthew Eddy, which was searched on October 7, where they located $7000, a small amount of cocaine, a large amount of zip-lock bags and scales, an imitation firearm and ammunition.

Matthew Eddy has not been charged relating to the property found at his new home. The court heard his housemate had been charged in relation to the items.

It was heard Mr Eddy was on two counts of bail at the time of the alleged offending. He denied any involvemen­t in selling drugs.

Defence barrister Rahmin de Kretser submitted the only intercepte­d phone call that could even ‘‘possibly’’ be evidence of traffickin­g was the May 28 call where Mr Eddy ‘‘at best may assist in the supply of 1 g to someone at the Barooga Pub’’.

He said selling 1 g of cocaine would not attract a prison sentence upon a conviction.

Mr de Kretser added another co-offender had been granted bail charged with traffickin­g a large commercial quantity of drugs, with Matthew Eddy in a ‘‘far better position’’ regarding his charges. He said he had no links to any outlaw motorcycle gang.

Magistrate Ian Watkins granted bail, noting Mr Eddy’s involvemen­t was ‘‘minor’’ and ‘‘on the peripheral’’, adding he was ‘‘remarkably’’ before the court with no priors given the seriousnes­s of the charge.

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