Man allegedly involved in $19m weed operation given bail

A MAN who was holidaying on Hamilton Island when he was arrested and charged for allegedly being part of a $19 million marijuana operation has been granted bail.

Khac Dung Nguyen, 41, has been charged with trafficking and supplying marijuana and possessing drug equipment and was arrested last month.

It is believed he was part of a drug operation involving about $19 million in profits and more than 3000 plants.

He has previously appeared before Mackay Magistrates Court and applied for bail at Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday.

The court heard someone had offered $150,000 surety if Mr Nguyen was released on bail.

Supreme Court Justice Martin Daubney granted Mr Nguyen bail on strict conditions, including that he surrender his passport and report to police daily at a Melbourne police station.

The Director of Public Prosecutions was concerned Mr Nguyen would fail to appear at court if he was released on bail.

But Justice Daubney said this concern was addressed with surety and strict conditions.

Justice Daubney said if he breached any bail conditions it would be likely the $150,000 surety would have to be forfeited.

"It's not just if (Mr) Nguyen doesn't appear it's if he breaches any of his conditions," he said. "So it's really putting $150,000 on the line."

Mr Nguyen's case will be mentioned at Brisbane Magistrates Court on January 18.

- APN NEWSDESK



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