IT is almost 12 months since a Lavington man was charged with drug supplying and evidence relating to phone intercepts is still pending, a court heard yesterday.
Jason John Pertzel was charged with 22 offences in late September last year and facts tendered during a bail application said police had monitored about 2000 calls and text messages during a six-month operation by the drug squad.
Pertzel, 41, was charged with another 50 matters in December with orders made for transcriptions of the calls and texts.
But magistrate Tony Murray was told in Albury Local Court yesterday that material from the transcription service was still outstanding.
Mr Murray said a decision may soon be made to reject any further adjournments.
He said there is no real explanation about the failure to produce the material.
The first orders were made in court last December for the service of such material as part of the police brief of evidence.
Mr Murray adjourned 72 charges against Pertzel until September 16 with an explanation required from the police informant about the delay.
Solicitor James Sloan said during the bail application that Pertzel admitted and accepted that he was a cannabis user.
It is alleged Pertzel supplied cannabis to friends and relatives with as many as 10 different people attending his home after phone contact from him.
He was arrested after the execution of a search warrant.
It is alleged 200 grams of cannabis were found in a paint tin at Pertzel’s home.
Police say Pertzel, a painter, supplied 28 grams (an ounce) of cannabis to another man 16 times between August 12 and September 23 with the recipient each time saying he was coming for coffee.
There was surveillance of Pertzel’s residence after phone calls on September 6.
The man attended Pertzel’s home, left in his vehicle a short time later and when stopped by police was trying to hide a bag of cannabis.
Police seized the drug which when weighed was 26 grams with the man saying he had paid for 28 grams.
Mr Sloan said that allegation was refuted by Pertzel and police would have to produce evidence about it
When the further charges were laid in December, the court was told Pertzel supplied more than 400 grams of cannabis on 16 separate occasions from his Kaitlers Road home.