Rehab approval, but no bail for accused meth trafficker

AN ACCUSED Ipswich drug trafficker, who police claim has gang links, has been refused bail for the second time.

After being denied Supreme Court bail earlier this year, Jarrod Ronald Damora re-applied on Monday, claiming his approval for a position at a rehab facility was a change in personal circumstances.

In September, 2014, after an eight-month police investigation, Mr Damora was charged with trafficking and supplying dangerous drugs.

He and 20 others were charged as the result of a Police Taskforce Maxima investigation into an Ipswich area drug ring. Mr Damora was arrested, allegedly with more than 20g of meth and $1300 cash on him that he claims was for his own use.

In the March bail application the court was told Mr Damora and the owner of the Inside Ink tattoo parlour in Moorooka were the focus of the investigation.

The court heard police allege that in his operation Mr Damora used 12 different phone numbers that were registered to fake names.

In March this year, Justice Peter Flanagan refused Mr Damora bail, stating he was an unacceptable risk of re-offending.

On Monday Mr Damora's defence claimed his acceptance into the Breaking Through Transitional Services treatment centre would allow him to address his drug addiction that he claims fuelled his offending.

Justice Flanagan accepted Mr Damora has a drug habit but said the extent of his alleged offending and his links to an outlaw gang meant the charges went beyond dealing to support his own addiction.

"He is alleged to be a participant in a criminal organisation in the trafficking charge," he said.

"It cannot be said the nature of the offending is solely applicable to his drug (habit)."

Mr Damora has spent 174 days in jail on the charges.

Topics:  court drugs drug trafficking meth

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