Drugs case man in court
BARRY GRANT made a brief appearance at Byron Bay Local Court yesterday charged over his alleged involvement in a $3 million cannabis crop at Condong.
The 52-year-old, from Eviron Road, walked into the Byron Bay police station on Thursday following a four-week police search for him.
Grant, who did not apply for bail, is charged with the cultivation of a commercial crop of cannabis - 1549 plants, supply of cannabis, possession of 8.1kg of cannabis leaf, and possession of seven ecstasy tablets.
A short stocky man wearing a maroon shirt and black jeans, Grant cut a sombre appearance in the dock.
He stared impassively at magistrate Nicholas Reimer during the brief mention of his drug charges. Grant did not speak and no pleas were entered.
Magistrate Reimer adjourned proceedings to Lismore Local Court on April 7, with the matter to be handled by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Grant was charged by police from Strike Force Danbury.
Officers from the strike force allegedly discovered the massive cannabis crop growing at the Condong property on January 16 during a raid.
Following the alleged discovery of the drugs, police said they were interested in locating Grant and 30-year-old Jethro Matheson.
An arrest warrant was issued for Grant on January 19.
On January 30 Matheson was found dead. His body was at the bottom of a deep slope in remote bushland near the Border Ranges National Park, 9km down a gravel track off the Kyogle to Murwillumbah Road.
There had been no word on the fate of Grant until Thursday afternoon when he presented himself to Byron Bay police and was interviewed by detectives from Strike Force Danbury.
Police are continuing their investigation into Matheson's death and are appealing to anyone who might have information to contact Tweed Heads police station through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.