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No bail for men accused of supplying ice

The man police believe to be the ring leader of a significant drug trafficking operation on the Fraser Coast did not apply for bail in Hervey Bay Magistrates court.

Dean Grant O'Donnell, 35, lived at the Susan River home where police found 2kg of a substance they allege to be methyl amphetamine.

O'Donnell did not enter a plea to 13 charges, including drugs and weapons offences.

The court heard police have intercepted about 1500 phone calls which they are expected to submit as evidence.

His brother Naydan Rodwell, who lives at the same Susan River home, was denied bail when he appeared before the court for drug trafficking just minutes earlier.

Two other men Warren William Peter Lohman and Justan Anthony Jukes, are also charged with drug trafficking.

The court heard police would allege O'Donnell was the ring leader of the group who were all involved in the significant trafficking of ice in the Fraser Coast community.

The men's defence lawyers all said they felt the case against their clients was weak.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said he felt police had a strong case the men were trafficking drugs, pointing to the 1500 intercepted telephone conversations.

During each of the hearings, Mr Tatnell railed against an increase in the number of drug-related offences making it to court.

"While drugs are a problem all over the world, Hervey Bay seems to be becoming a little drug capital," he said.

Mr Tatnell said it was concerning drugs like ice were making their way into schools.

The four matters were adjourned to April 14.

Topics:  bail, court, drugs, fraser coast, ice




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