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Drugs were found under bikie's testicles, court hears

BEER and fish were code words for marijuana oil and amphetamines for men allegedly tied to the Odin's Warriors outlaw motocycle club who will seek bail today, Gladstone Magistrate's Court heard on Monday.

UPDATE TUESDAY 1PM:

>> Alleged bikie drug trafficker given bail

Defence lawyers were eager to get Matthew Raymond Fennell and Deane Jerome Sanderson out on bail, knowing the prosecution could take a long time to prepare their case before the men were required to give a plea.

Sanderson has been charged with a series of offences including producing and possessing dangerous drugs.

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Fennell faces charges on trafficking and possessing dangerous drugs.

Police prosecutor Mick O'Rourke said it was early in the police investigation, with thousands of text messages and phone calls to sort through.

He told the court Fennell and Sanderson had their own code in their alleged drug-trafficking business being run out of Captain Creek.

Two other men, Gregory Terrence Toby and Rodney John Keating, find out on Tuesday whether they have been bailed.

Keating and Toby face charges of being knowingly present in public places with people who are participant in criminal organisation.

All four men were arrested on March 14 during raids on properties and homes at Agnes Water and Calliope.

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Mr O'Rourke told the court Fennell sent a text message to Sanderson at 7.02pm on March 14 asking him if he would like a beer.

"At 7.11pm Sanderson says he is having a beer and that's when Fennell leaves his address.

"At 8.11pm he was travelling on Round Hill Rd towards Mr Sanderson's property and was intercepted by police at 8.46pm," he said.

"They found four clip seal bags of amphetamines and cannabis resin secreted under his testicles."

Defence lawyer David Murray said police could not prove, after a five-month operation, the drugs were from Sanderson and the two men were trafficking.

"The talk of fish; Mr Sanderson was the operator of a fishing vessel. It is also highly unlikely beer refers to drugs," he said.

"If one considers the Crown's trafficking case it is particularly weak."

Joshua Jones, the defence lawyer for Toby, Keating and Sanderson, told the court the applications for bail were almost identical for Toby and Keating.

The two men were being charged with being in a public place with other known members of criminal organisations.

Mr Jones said they both had ties to the community and there was no risk of them fleeing the jurisdiction.

"There is absolutely no history of breaches of bail. (Toby) has ties to Queensland community with four children and seven grandchildren," he said.

Magistrate Penelope Hay reserved her decision to give her time to review the submissions.

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