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Alleged trafficker's bail hearing adjourned until Friday

LAWYERS for an alleged drug trafficker fighting for bail have highlighted holes in the prosecution's case against their client.

Che Andrew Murray was arrested in 2012 after police raided his Alexandra Headland home and allegedly found bundles of cash, casino chips, a handgun and an instruction manual for producing methamphetamines.

Police also searched warehouses, which Murray allegedly rented, and seized a boat, firearms and methamphetamine pills.

Barrister Sam Di Carlo applied for Murray's bail in Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday and argued the Crown's case was not as strong as initially thought.

Murray applied for bail last year but he was denied because of the serious charges and a re-offending risk.

But Mr Di Carlo said Murray did not have other ties to anywhere else in Australia.

"He has ties to Brisbane and the north coast area - all his family are here," he said.

Mr Di Carlo said there were about 10,000 recorded phone calls, to be used as evidence, to trawl through but he had difficulty speaking to his client about these.

"A factor that looms large is the right and ability to give proper instructions to work through the process as quickly as possible," he said.

After hearing Mr Di Carlo's submissions about the strength of the Crown case, prosecutor Jane Shaw asked the court for more time to counter his claims.

Mr Di Carlo said he was concerned police would "go out and ferret more information to bolster their case" given extra time.

Justice Peter Lyons said he felt it was important the court had all the information and adjourned the hearing until Friday morning.

Topics:  bail, brisbane supreme court, drug trafficking



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