Stash of cash, drugs on ice: Court

DRUGS in the freezer and cash in the wardrobe landed a Tweed Heads couple in court yesterday.

Wayne Philip Saunders, 45, a contract cleaner and Jeanine Lloyd, mother, pleaded not guilty to supply of cannabis and goods in custody.

Tweed Heads Court heard that in April this year police had searched the couple's home, finding 10 resealable bags of cannabis in the freezer, 25 plants, a kilo of cannabis, digital scales, a small quantity of heroin and $18,000 in a lingerie bag placed in a suitcase within the wardrobe.

Byron Bay solicitor John Weller, acting for the couple, argued that the cannabis was for personal use and the $18,000 came from a compensation payout for Lloyd, the sale of a car and cash-in-hand payments for cleaning jobs by Saunders.

Lloyd told the court that she smoked two cigarettes of cannabis a day while Saunders, who admitted he had a heroin problem, said he smoked between 20 and 30 cones a day to help him unwind and sleep after he finished work in the morning.

Police prosecutor Neville Mitchelson said it was a large quantity of cannabis and there was suspicion that the $18,000 hidden in the suitcase in the wardrobe was from the sale of drugs.

But Mr Weller said the cash was the couple's "nest egg" and evidence had been provided that backed up their claims of where the money had come from.

Magistrate Jeff Linden dismissed the goods in custody charge relating to the $18,000.

Saunders and Lloyd were convicted of supply and given a 16-month suspended jail sentence and placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond.

n Also in Tweed Heads Court yesterday, Michael John Laine, 41, of Banora Point, appeared on charges of assault and breaching an apprehended violence order.

Laine pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months jail with a nine month non-parole period.

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