Two men in custody on drug bust charges

TWO men charged with a combined 10 drug-related offences following a drug lab bust on Monday spent their second night behind bars yesterday.

Gregory Ronald Roginson, 47, and Ricky Lee Tokotaua, 28, were charged following the raid at a Clifton St, Berserker property at midday where it is alleged police found cash, apparatus and chemicals.

Magistrate Cameron Press adjourned the men's bail applications to this morning as police investigations were continuing at a nominated bail address.

Police prosecutions indicated they would reject Roginson's bail application on the grounds he was at risk of further offending.

Defence Lawyer Doug Winning told the court the lab was not operational.

"It was a box of glass ware, it was not active," he said.

"It was secreted under woodchip.

"It was hidden."

Roginson is charged with one count each of possessing explosives without authority, failing to dispose of a needle and syringe, possessing utensils or pipes that had been used, possessing anything used in the commission of a drug offence, possessing property expected to be the proceeds of an offence under the drugs misuse act and receiving tainted property.

He is also charged with two counts each of possessing dangerous drugs.

Tokotaua is charged with one count each of possessing dangerous drugs, namely methamphetamine, and possessing property expected to be the proceeds of an offence under the drugs misuse act.

He pleaded guilty to possessing dangerous drugs and was sentenced to 10 months' probation with the second charge adjourned for a brief of evidence on April 6.

Both men will re-appear in court today to have their bail applications finalised and Roginson' matters will next be mentioned on February 9.


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