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Bikie refused bail as three walk free from court

ONE OF the four men arrested during Taskforce Maxima's Operation Mike Flute on March 14 was refused bail yesterday, while the other three walked free.

Odin's Warrior gang member Dean Jerome Sanderson, 56, is facing eight charges including supplying drugs and possessing drugs.

The evidence against Sanderson was strong enough to refuse him bail, Magistrate Penelope Hay said.

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Magistrate Hay told Gladstone Magistrates Court Sanderson had admitted to police to being a current member of the Odin's Warriors criminal organisation.

She said he had been under surveillance by police from November to March.

"Most of the information gathered and communications from Sanderson's phones could best be described as benign," she told the court.

But, she said, the prosecution believed there was an apparent pattern in the use of code words to traffic drugs.

Magistrate Hay told the court the intercepted communication was enough to deny Sanderson bail.

As his bail application was announced he signalled to his partner, who was crying in the gallery, to keep her chin up.

His partner turned and bowed out of respect to the magistrate as she was leaving the courtroom.

The prosecution's case against two other Odin Warriors, Rodney John Keating and Gregory Terrence Toby, and an alleged connection, Matthew Raymond Fennell, wasn't strong enough to deny them bail.

Toby and Keating both face at least six months behind bars if the prosecution can prove they are guilty of meeting at the Beach Break Bar in Agnes Water with other members of a criminal organisation.

Fennell could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty of trafficking drugs.

If he beats the trafficking charge and is found guilty of his two other charges, he may not serve time at all.

Sanderson and Fennell will have their committal mentions on May 26.

Keating and Toby will face their single charges on April 14.

Topics:  bikies crime drugs gladstone magistrates court omcg



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