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Drug bust is on trial

Wheatvale man Joseph Lindsay Tucker is facing a number of serious drug charges, including trafficking.
Wheatvale man Joseph Lindsay Tucker is facing a number of serious drug charges, including trafficking. Jenna Cairney

ALLEGED trafficker Joseph Lindsay Tucker has been committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court, after being arrested on a string of serious drug charges earlier this year.

Police swarmed Tucker's Wheatvale property in February, where they allegedly discovered $10,000 worth of amphetamines and ecstasy, $22,000 in cash, marijuana and instructions on how to produce amphetamines.

Tucker appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court via video link from his jail cell this week and has been in custody since his arrest.

The 39-year-old is accused of trafficking methylamphetamine between January 1, 2011, and February 28, 2012, at various locations, including Wheatvale.

He is facing charges of trafficking dangerous drugs, possessing instructions on how to make drugs, possessing dangerous drugs and possessing property obtained from trafficking.

It was decided this week that the matter was to be dealt with in the Brisbane Supreme Court, which is the highest court in Queensland.

It hears the most serious criminal cases including murder, manslaughter and serious drug offences such as trafficking.

A jury is used to decide whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty.

No trial date has been set as yet but it is believed the matter will go before the courts during the next three months.

Tucker did not make an application for bail this week and is set to stay behind bars until his trial date.

He was denied bail shortly following his arrest, with the magistrate having declared him a risk of further offending, despite his mother pledging $10,000 to ensure his compliance.

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