Man faces a string of charges

TRAFFICKING CHARGE: Wheatvale man Joseph Lindsay Tucker.
TRAFFICKING CHARGE: Wheatvale man Joseph Lindsay Tucker.

ALLEGED drug trafficker Joseph Lindsay Tucker has been refused bail after appearing in court on a number of serious drug charges.

The 39-year-old was taken into police custody on Tuesday after detectives from the Warwick Criminal Investigation Branch and Brisbane drug squad allegedly uncovered drugs and $22,000 in cash at Wheatvale.

Tucker was charged with a string of drug-related offences, including drug trafficking, receiving or possessing property obtained from trafficking or supplying drugs, possessing dangerous drugs and possessing or publishing instructions for producing amphetamines.

Defence solicitor Nathan Bouchier made an application for bail on behalf of his client in the Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday, with Tucker's mother offering to pledge $10,000 to assure her son's appearance at future court dates if he had been allowed out of custody.

Mr Bouchier said Tucker's brother was also prepared to house Tucker in north Queensland should he be released on bail.

The application was opposed by Police prosecutor Sergeant Ken Wiggan, who told the court Tucker was on bail for similar offences at the time of the alleged new offences and was "likely to commit further offences".

He added the seriousness of the charges was also grounds for bail opposition.

Magistrate Graham Lee agreed Tucker was an unacceptable risk of reoffending and ordered he be kept behind bars for at least the next six weeks.

Around $10,000 worth of amphetamines and ecstasy pills were seized on Tuesday, as well as marijuana and $22,500 worth of cash.

The court heard Tucker denied knowledge of a mini beer keg filled with cash and drugs allegedly found at his home, telling police it was there when he moved in.

Tucker is due to reappear in the court on April 17.

Topics:  custody, drugs



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