Neighbours in court on drug burial matters

THE Goodna man found with four kilograms of cannabis and $300,000 buried in his backyard and his neighbour have been charged with trafficking drugs.

Leslie Fuller, 58, and Tracey Dorothy Knowles, 52, were yesterday granted bail in the Ipswich District Court where they faced numerous drug charges.

The charges have arisen from the same police investigation which led to Fuller appearing in court last week charged with possessing drugs.

The court heard Knowles, a disability pensioner, lives next door to Fuller on Church St in Goodna.

Knowles has been charged with trafficking dangerous drugs, unlawful possession of restricted drugs, possessing property obtained from trafficking drugs and possessing anything for the use in the commission of a crime.

Fuller yesterday faced the new charges of trafficking dangerous drugs and receiving property obtained from trafficking or supplying drugs.

Fuller was last week arrested after police found the large amount of cannabis and $300,000 buried in the backyard of his house.

Police said they were searching the neighbouring properties, including that of Knowles.

The police prosecution tendered the same objection to Fuller's bail as tendered last week. His bail was again granted.

Acting on behalf of Fuller and Knowles, defence lawyer Stuart Bale said Knowles was not a risk of flight, having been first interviewed by police on January 21.

"If there was a risk of flight, there's been plenty of time for it to happen," he said.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said she had no option but to grant Fuller bail as the charges came from an investigation for which he was already on bail.

"Although these are new and are serious charges, they arise out of the same offences," she said.

The matter was adjourned until the committal call over on February 19.



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