A PLUMBING apprentice, 18, was a prime mover in a drug syndicate supplying “ice” and cannabis in the Albury region, a court heard yesterday.
Wayne McCann is the latest arrest by detectives reviewing more than 22,000 phone calls obtained through Strike Force Roder last year, which targeted the alleged syndicate mastermind Malcolm Collins.
McCann was identified in police facts tendered in Albury Local Court as one of the main “runners” for Collins.
There are 200 calls relevant to McCann’s involvement with the syndicate, but he regularly changed mobile phones in a bid to avoid police detection.
It is alleged that McCann’s role was to perform daily functions such as delivering drugs, collecting money and sourcing customers.
Collins allegedly had him working around the clock to make as much money as possible in as little time as possible.
Often Collins would phone at 2am, 3am and 4am with requests for McCann.
McCann, of Butson Avenue, was arrested in central Albury on Tuesday, but has denied to police supplying any drugs for Collins.
He appeared yesterday on 20 charges including the ongoing supply of drugs, supplying more than the indictable quantity and being part of a criminal group.
He made an application for bail, but it was rejected with the charges being adjourned until Monday.
Prosecutor Sgt Tanya Eade said it was likely McCann would serve a jail term if convicted on the charges and it was a strong case against him.
The court was told McCann’s mother is Samantha Stevens, who was Collins’ partner.
Stevens has been charged over her involvement in the syndicate, has had bail refused and remains on remand.
It is alleged McCann was involved in the collection of money owed to both Collins and his mother.
He was delivering and supplying drugs at all times of the day and night.
One of his roles was to source amphetamine and cannabis which would be on-sold by Collins and others.
Police say Collins and McCann spoke openly about the business of drug dealing, monies owed, debt collection and other issues.
McCann is the 13th person charged relating to Strike Force Roder, which ran for several months and involved phone taps.