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Evidence is being compiled against an alleged Lismore ice dealer who breached his bail by failing to appear at court.

Kevin Whiting was excused from appearing at Lismore Local Court this week and was represented by his solicitor Tracey Randall.

The 25 year-old is charged with six counts of supplying a prohibited drug and one count of failing to appear at court.

It is alleged the six counts of supplying ice occurred in six separate transactions at Roseberry Creek, near Kyogle, totalling 77 grams of methamphetamine.

The alleged deals began on June 7, when Mr Whiting sold seven grams of ice.

Twice more in June, on the 11th and 14th, Mr Whiting is alleged to have supplied two amounts of 14 grams of ice.

Then on July 6 and July 23, Mr Whiting is alleged to again have supplied two 14 gram amounts of methamphetamine.

The last alleged deal occurred on September 3, when Mr Whiting supplied 14 grams of ice.

Arrested in connection with raids by police attached to Stricke Force Thermal, a police task force set up by the Richmond LAC targeting the manufacture and supply of ice, Mr Whiting was granted conditional bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on May 1.

When he failed to appear, a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was apprehended at 4.45pm, on May 8, near Glen Innes.

He was arrested and taken to Glen Innes police station where he was charged with failing to appear at court and refused bail.

The following day he appeared at Armidale Local Court where he was again refused bail and his matters were adjourned to Lismore.

On Tuesday, Magistrate David Heilpern noted Mr Whiting’s court papers were marked ‘relisted for bail variation’.

He adjourned Mr Whiting’s matters until June 20, and marked the court papers ‘ bail variation. Any magistrate to deal with.’

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