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The prosecution must prove there is enough evidence against an alleged cocaine and ketamine dealer from Goonellabah when he faces a contested committal hearing in August.

Corey Magee appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday and was represented by solicitor Jim Fuggle.

The 25 year-old faced charges of dealing with the proceeds of crime, and two counts of knowingly taking part in the supply of a prohibited drug.

On September 21, 2016, police pulled over Mr Magee at West Ballina between 1.40 pm and 2.40 pm.

During a search of Mr Magee and his vehicle, officers allegedly found $6510 in cash, 813.15 grams of a substance alleged to be ketamine and 82.5 grams of a substance alleged to be cocaine.

Ketamine is a medicine used by doctors and vets for anaesthesia and pain relief.

It is also used illegally for its hallucinogenic ‘high’ effect.

It comes as a white powder that can be swallowed, snorted or injected, or smoked with cannabis or tobacco.

Following initial testing by police, Mr Magee was arrested on September 26 and taken to Lismore police station.

When granting Mr Magee bail, police noted he was self-employed, had a moderate criminal history and a strong prosecution case existed.

The only fears of police were Mr Magee failing to appear or interfering with witnesses or evidence.

He was granted conditional bail by police to reside at Goonellabah and not to contact three alleged male co-offenders.

On October 29, Mr Magee had his matter listed before Lismore Local Court so he could vary his bail to live at Byron Bay.

The court has also heard Mr Magee is pleading not guilty to the charge of dealing with the proceeds of crime.

Last Tuesday, relieving Magistrate Peter Bugden marked Mr Magee’s court papers adjourned to ’23/8/17 for contested committal. Two police to be called. Estimated 3 hrs. Also listed for crown detn appln 13/6/17.’

The court heard the prosecution believed Mr Magee had breached his bail conditions that may apply for his detention.

A contested committal hearing tests the prosecution’s evidence to see if it is sufficient to go to trial.

A contested committal hearing does not determine the guilt or innocence of the defendant.

On Tuesday, Magistrate David Heilpern heard the prosecution would not be pursuing a breach of bail.

He marked Mr Magee’s papers ‘DPP accepts that no breach has occurred.’

Mr Magee’s matters were adjourned until August 23, for hearing.


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