INSPECTION: Police from the Public Safety Response Team enter the home of the accused suspect in West Ipswich.
INSPECTION: Police from the Public Safety Response Team enter the home of the accused suspect in West Ipswich. Claudia Baxter

'Explosives traded for drugs'

POLICE allege a second man charged in connection with the West Ipswich home-made bomb drama traded prescription drugs for explosives.

David John Edward Lane, 50, was charged with explosive and drug offences after tipping off police about a quantity of the highly volatile TAPT powder on Darling St West.

His tip-off led to the bomb squad locating and detonating the suspicious material on Wednesday night.

The explosive material was found in the front yard of the abandoned property adjacent to Lane's home.

Yesterday morning officers from the Public Safety Response Team scoured the area for any traces of more explosive material for three hours.

During the search officers found and detonated a suspicious package, which appeared to be a ball wrapped in tape in the backyard of an abandoned home.

Ipswich Police District Inspector Keith McDonald said a sample indicated the package did not contain any explosive material.

It was the 20th controlled explosion in the area since the initial blast on July 25.

Police are yet to speak to the 37-year-old man who blew off his hands and suffered a traumatic injury to his genitals on July 25.

He remains in the PA Hospital.

Officers arrested Lane after searching his home and a number of other properties on Darling St West.

He appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon and was granted bail.

Police alleged Lane was an associate of accused Clay St bomb maker Glen Charles Dell, but was not involved in making bombs.

Prosecutor Senior Sergeant Brad Dick said Dell approached Lane before the July 25 explosion at his house and asked him for valium, which Lane is prescribed.

It is alleged Dell then gave Lane an amount of TATP explosive, which he had been making.

Snr Sgt Dick said Lane kept the explosive on a shelf inside his house overnight before becoming concerned about its stability and throwing it into some long grass outside the house.

Snr Sgt Dick told the court: "There is no allegation this defendant was involved in some grand conspiracy to commit domestic terrorism."

Lane is due to appear in court again on August 29.

Inspector Keith McDonald said it was believed there was no more explosive material in the Ipswich community.

He said the quantity of powder found in the yard could have left a person seriously injured.



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