Men face court after drugs, weapons found in raid
TWO men have appeared in Grafton Local Court today over a number of serious charges after police allegedly found drugs, weapons and stolen goods when a search warrant was executed at a home in South Grafton.
About 7.40am yesterday police searched a house on Bent St following an investigation by Coffs/Clarence Police District.
Police will allege during the search they located and seized a large amount of cannabis products, worth more than $140,000, a quantity of powder believed to be cocaine, prohibited weapons, a sum of cash and other goods suspected to be stolen.
All items were seized for forensic examination.
Timmy Gassman, 42, and Jason Lee Trudgian, 46, were both arrested and taken to Grafton Police Station.
The 42-year-old man was charged with supply prohibited drug (large commercial quantity), possess prohibited drug, possess prohibited weapon, possess drug equipment, supply prohibited drug (less than indictable quantity), goods suspected stolen and possess prohibited plant.
The 46-year-old man was charged with supply prohibited drug (large commercial quantity), possess prohibited drug, possess drug equipment, supply prohibited drug (less than indictable quantity), deal with proceeds of crime, goods suspected stolen and cultivate prohibited plant.
In Grafton Local Court today Mr Gassman's solicitor made an application for bail and submitted that while the charges were serious, some of the offences were at the lower end of the scale, and there were a number of animals on the property that Mr Gassman needed to look after.
Magistrate Karen Stafford said in light of an extremely strong prosecution case, the high risk of further serious offending and Mr Gassman failing to appear to future court dates, the magistrate declined the application.
Both men were formally refused bail to reappear in Grafton Local Court on January 14.