Police and Australian Border Force officers raided a house in LaTrobe Street, Tannum Sands. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
Police and Australian Border Force officers raided a house in LaTrobe Street, Tannum Sands. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards GLA240216DRUG

Tannum man charged for drug supply to under 16

TANNUM Sands businessman and accused drug trafficker Garet Gerrard will stay in jail after an unsuccessful bail application to live with his father.

Gerrard, 29, faces serious drug charges with police alleging he trafficked in methylamphetamine and marijuana for nearly two years. He also faces a child sex allegation.

Gerrard was arrested on Wednesday and went before Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday charged with trafficking methylamphetamine and marijuana between March 31, 2014 and February 24, 2016; aggravated supply of dangerous drugs (marijuana) to a minor Under16 on October 24; aggravated supply of Schedule 1 drugs (methylamphetamine) to a minor Under 16 between January 15 and 17; and using a carriage service to procure a child Under 16 to engage in sexual activity.

Lawyer Jun Pepito said Gerrard ran a labour hire business and if granted bail would live with his father at Tannum Sands, report daily to police and have no contact with witnesses.

He also said Gerrard would contest the charges alleged against him.

Police lodged a 12-page objection to bail affidavit before magistrate Jeffrey Clarke. "His history is littered with drug offences since 2006," Mr Clarke said. "It appears to be a strong case for trafficking."

Reading from the document before him Mr Clarke said evidence had been obtained from telephones and it seemed Gerrard became aware of some police monitoring and began using another phone.

Mr Clarke said the allegation of grooming a child "is a very strong case" from information disclosed by police.

He said he was not satisfied that conditional bail would allay police concerns and he refused bail.

Clarke adjourned all matters to April 26. "Love you kid, I'll be in touch," his father said to him as Gerrard was led from the dock.



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