The Cobram Courier
$100,000 surety given
A man accused of being a drug courier for a bikie drug syndicate has been bailed, with conditions that his mother puts up a $100,000 surety for him and he immediately go to a residential drug rehabilitation facility.
David Eddy, 52, from Cobram, was bailed in Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on Friday, February 4, but had to wait until Friday, February 11, to be let out of prison as that is when he would be able to be admitted to Shepparton residential drug rehabilitation facility The Cottage.
He is facing charges including trafficking a large commercial quantity of cocaine, trafficking a commercial quantity of cocaine, trafficking cocaine, possessing an unregistered handgun, possessing an imitation firearm, possessing cartridge ammunition without a licence, possessing cocaine and dealing with the proceeds of crime.
Detective Senior Constable Ciaran Duryea from Echo Taskforce told the court Mr Eddy was believed to be a “significant member” of a Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang drug trafficking syndicate and that he was using encrypted messages on Snapchat, Signal and WhatsApp to conduct drug trafficking activities.
Police allege Mr Eddy was a courier for the syndicate and that he made a number of trips to Queensland over four months last year.
The court was told that on the way back from one of these trips to Queensland, police stopped Mr Eddy at 12.50am on July 18 on Barooga-Cobram Rd, near Cobram.
When police searched the vehicle, they found a loaded .38 calibre gun, ammunition and $85,520 in a concealed compartment where the passenger airbag would once have been, Det Sen Constable Duryea said.
A search of Mr Eddy’s Cobram home found two imitation guns as well as items “used in the packaging of cocaine” including freezer bags, ziplock bags, scales, a “tick-sheet” including names and amounts, a heat seal machine and a hydraulic pill press, which police say is used in the manufacture of cocaine, Det Sen Constable Duryea said.
The police officer said 55.1g of cocaine at 25 per cent purity, 27.4g of cocaine at 14 per cent purity, as well as a bag containing 1006g of non-drug material believed to be a cutting agent, a 335.4g bag of Benzocaine — which is used as a cutting agent for cocaine, and 997g of a non-drug cutting agent was found behind a false wall in the kitchen.
When he faced the bail hearing, Mr Eddy was also charged with trafficking a large commercial quantity of methamphetamines, trafficking a commercial quantity of methamphetamines, trafficking methamphetamines and possessing methamphetamines, but on questioning from the defence, Det Sen Constable Duryea said the methamphetamine charges did not have any substance as the white powder seized turned out to not be methamphetamines.
Mr Eddy’s barrister Sam Tovey said the cocaine actually found at his client’s house equated to only 25g of pure cocaine.
On questioning, Det Sen Constable Duryea said police were more likely to proceed with the charge of trafficking a commercial quantity of cocaine, rather than the one of trafficking a large commercial quantity of the drug.
Magistrate Ian Watkins granted Mr Eddy bail with a $100,000 surety put forward by his mother.
He said while Mr Eddy was considered a “high risk of re-offending”, that could be ameliorated by bail conditions.
Among the bail conditions were that he live at The Cottage drug rehabilitation facility, not use drugs, provide the pin code of his phone to police and not have encrypted apps on it, and that he not contact any Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang or Raiders Motorcycle Club members, prospects, nominees or associates.