20.1 C
Byron Shire
March 3, 2021

Goonellabah alleged cocaine and ketamine dealer to face hearing

Latest News

Forum to address housing emergency, March 8

A grassroots movement is bringing women, community and art together on International Women’s Day (March 8) in an urgent push to solve the local housing emergency. 

Other News

Police looking for missing Pottsville woman

Police say they are seeking public assistance to locate a woman missing from Pottsville for almost a week.

The amazing world of seeds

Hilary Bain If it wasn’t for seeds and plants, we humans, along with all the animals, birds and insects would...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Letting go

Mary McMorrow, Mullumbimby I respect the parents forgiving the drunk driver who killed their four children (one a cousin) as...

Interview with Janet Swain

Janet Swain is 14. She’s in love with the tragic and brilliant cellist Jacquleine DuPré. But one day her mother arrives home with a bassoon.

Australia’s bastardry

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay Australia has a long string of racist and anti-humanitarian policies. These range from its...

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.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Bangalow blackspot puts school children at risk

Will action ever be taken to protect school kids getting on and off the bus on Lismore Road, Bangalow as trucks fly by at 80km/h?

Lifting the lid on plans to build a retirement village in Ewingsdale

The letter sent to the residents of Ewingsdale last year by holiday park owner Ingenia seemed fairly innocuous at first glance...

Byron’s new road: the good and not so

After more than 30 years of talk, debate, disagreements, tears and political gridlock, Byron Bay has a new road to divert traffic from the CBD to the southern end of town.

Interview with Janet Swain

Janet Swain is 14. She’s in love with the tragic and brilliant cellist Jacquleine DuPré. But one day her mother arrives home with a bassoon.