Cheers as bikie bailed
APPLAUSE broke out in the gallery of the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday as accused cocaine trafficker Adam Warwick McCrea was released on bail.
Tension between police officers and McCrea’s supporters was palpable as the crowd waited to hear Magistrate Graeme Tatnell’s decision.
McCrea had been in custody since his arrest in March this year when he was allegedly found in possession of cocaine while on Supreme Court bail.
For the past two days the court has heard evidence from police surrounding the eight people accused of being involved in a cocaine trafficking ring which McCrea allegedly headed.
Their arrests stemmed from an investigation being carried out by detectives into a trafficking ring between Hervey Bay and the Gold Coast.
Police allege McCrea sourced between $150,000 and $200,000 worth of cocaine while on a disability pension.
Two of those accused of trafficking, Mark Darran Berghofer and Peter Ross Hill, were committed on Monday morning to face a judge on a date to be set.
Yesterday afternoon one of McCrea’s co-accused, Bradley James Cameron, had his charge set down for a separate hearing on November 11.
The remaining four, Kylee Heather Anderson, Joshua Shane Carew, Steven Michael Smith and McCrea’s sister Lisa Joan Thomas, will also appear on that date.
McCrea was released on bail until his next appearance in February.
Prosecutor Sergeant Craig Ryan strongly opposed bail and said there was “considerable concern” McCrea would attempt to “intimidate witnesses”.
But the defence argued that the prosecution’s case was weak, and that if McCrea was not found guilty of trafficking he would have spent too much time in pre-sentence custody for possession and supply charges alone.
Mr Tatnell said it was a “hard decision” but granted bail on the condition McCrea report to the Hervey Bay Police Station three times a week and submit to urine tests or mouth swabs.
He was also ordered not to have any contact with his co-accused other than his sister.