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Claim man owes accused drug dealer $32,000

ACCUSED of drug trafficking, Chris Dale Bauer has been refused bail after police say they saw "a tick sheet" that states he owes an accused dealer $32,000.

Following his arrest Bauer, 46, appeared in custody before Gladstone Magistrates Court charged with trafficking; three counts of drug possession on February 26; unlawful possession of weapons - knuckle dusters and a taser; and other drug related offences.

Police objected to bail with Bauer maintaining his innocence of the charges.

Defence lawyer Stacey O'Gorman said police were alleging "commerciality".

She said the Crown case was not strong and involved an alleged document found on a person named Gerrard "that suggests my client has purchased drugs from Gerrard, a broad statement".

"My instructions are there should be no such document and should be no telephone calls between him and Gerrard. He is uncertain where this has come from," she said.

Ms O'Gorman said Bauer disputes the police claim he had no income and any inference he is existing on the proceeds of crime.

She said he had received a $110,000 redundancy payout from his mine job and been living off that to support his family and pay his mortgage.

He also intends to access his superannuation income protection plan after injuring his shoulder.

Prosecutor Gavin Reece said Bauer was already on bail for serious drug charges and been linked to people charged with serious trafficking offences.

"On February 24 it's alleged he owes $32,000 to Gerrard, that he was (attempting) to purchase 28 grams of methylamphetamine for $7000.

"Yes 28 grams is quite large (amount) for one person, quite a scary amount," Mr Reece said.

Maintaining police opposition to bail, Mr Reece said Bauer had been on bail for an alleged 20 grams of methylamphetamine, and it was alleged that in February he tried to obtain 28 grams.

Magistrate Penelope Hay said Bauer was in a show-cause situation because he was already on bail for drug offences.

She said the evidence on the new charges while circumstantial it was still "curious" that he had been in possession of $5800 cash and 20 grams of crystal methamphetamine on February 1.

Ms Hay said from her experience on the court bench she knew that deals were done in .1of a gram and the amount represented 200 doses.

She also noted he appeared on someone's "tick book" as owing $32,000 which was concerning.

Ms Hay said although there was an absence of specifics from phone intercepts relating to trafficking, she found a prima facie case did exist.

Finding him to be a risk, Ms Hay refused bail and adjourned his matters to May 16.

Topics:  court, drug trafficking, gladstonecourt, gladstonemagistratescourt, gladstone region, weapon charges




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