Baggaley boys in jail

FORMER world champion kayak- er Nathan Baggaley and his younger brother will remain behind bars for at least three months after facing court on charges of supplying drugs. Baggaley, 31, and his 25-year-old brother Dru appeared in Casino Local Court yesterday after their arrests at Byron Bay and Bruns- wick Heads on Wednesday. The brothers did not apply for bail and it was formally refused by Magistrate Annette Sinclair. The two were remanded in cus- tody to appear in Lismore Local Court on February 19. Baggaley was arrested at a Byron Bay apartment block, while his brother Dru was arrested at an oyster lease at Brunswick Heads. The arrests were part of a four- month joint operation between --------------- --------------- Queensland and NSW police that has focused on the cross-border supply of ecstasy. Nathan Baggaley, a former kayak world champion, has been charged with manufacturing a commercial quantity of a prohibit- ed drug, two counts of supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibit- ed drug, possessing a tablet press, and supplying a prohibited drug. He already faces seven drug charges in Queensland, including supply and possession of ecstasy, marijuana and amphetamines. Baggaley's brother faces a string of similar charges, includ- --------------- --------------- ing seven counts of drug supply. A third man, a 25-year-old from Newrybar in NSW, is due to% appear in Byron Bay Local Court on December 7 charged with pos- sessing prohibited drugs, possess- ing equipment for administering prohibited drugs and having goods in custody. NSW police said the arrests% followed raids on 10 residential and factory premises in the area. Two Queensland men were% arrested yesterday as part of the same police operation. Queensland police said a man from Ashgrove, in Brisbane's --------------- --------------- inner-west, had been charged with drug trafficking after police% allegedly found more than% 10,000 ecstasy pills in his% possession. Police allege a search of the 24-year-old man's vehicle uncovered 10,000 ecstasy pills worth $350,000 and other drug-related items after it was intercepted by officers on the Pacific Highway at Yatala, south of Brisbane, on November 17. A further search of the man's home that night resulted in addi- tional drugs and drug-related items being found and seized by% officers, police said. The man is due to appear in Brisbane Magis- trates Court on December 19 to face drug trafficking charges.



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