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Evidence outstanding over large quantity of ice

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Specialist officers from the Richmond Target Action Group arrested Kaja John Feakes and Erin Joy McMaster about 9.20 am at Ballina, on April 30, following investigations into the supply of ice on the north coast.

When the pair from Larnook were searched, police allegedly found 317.5 grams of ice, and a syringe Ms McMaster was carrying containing 35 units of what police believe was methamphetamine (ice).

They were both arrested and taken to Ballina police station where 40-year-old Ms McMaster was charged with supplying greater than a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, two counts of possessing a prohibited drug, and refused bail.

Following their arrest, police conducted a search of the Larnook residence and allegedly found a black 22 rifle, an Anschutz 22 rifle with scope, a Lithgow 22 rifle with scope, a red Holden utility, jewellery, watches, necklaces, rings, bracelets, ammunition, 8.5 grams of ice and $45,700 in cash.

As a result of the search, 39-year-old Mr Feakes was charged with 17 offences including supplying a prohibited drug, three counts of possessing a prohibited drug and three counts of possessing an unauthorised prohibited firearm.

He was also charged with two counts of dealing with property proceeds of crime, three counts of possessing an unauthorised firearm, receiving stolen property, and was refused bail.

When both the pair’s matters were mentioned in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday, their appearances via videolink were cancelled.

The court heard there had been a delay in obtaining the results of scientific analysis relating to the alleged methamphetamine.

Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned both Ms McMaster and Mr Feakes’ matters until August 22, when they are listed to appear via videolink, for mention.

Neither of the accused applied for bail, which was formally refused by Mr Heilpern.

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