DRUG squad police had a windfall when they executed a warrant and raided the residence of Albury man Luke Matthew Peake.
A court was told yesterday they found drugs, crack pipes, numerous bongs, digital scales, plastic bags, a prohibited weapon and a poker machine.
But possibly their biggest find was a photograph on a laptop computer of Jesse James Clarke holding a large amount of money estimated by police to be as much as $20,000.
The drug squad started Strike Force Yasmar in June to investigate Clarke and associates about supplying the drug “ice” in the Albury area.
It is alleged Peake, who is in a relationship with Clarke’s sister, is part of a joint criminal enterprise.
Clarke, 22, of Ryan Road, Albury, was arrested after getting off a train at Culcairn last month.
He has been charged with 59 offences, including 47 counts of drug supply, and is on remand at present.
Police arrested Peake, 33, of Tenbrink Street, Glenroy, at 1pm on Tuesday and he appeared in Albury Local Court yesterday on 12 charges.
There are two counts of drug supply, possessing a prohibited drug, two counts of possessing implements to administer a prohibited drug, hinder police, resist arrest, two counts of goods in custody, two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon and using a prohibited drug.
The court was told in tendered facts that police discovered from legally approved phone intercepts that Clarke had four mobile phones registered to premises in Brookvale, East Albury, Wangaratta and Wagga.
Police believe Clarke is not a user of “ice”, but instead supplies it for financial gain.
Evidence obtained suggests Peake has been involved in Clarke’s drug activities for some time.
A search warrant was executed at Peake’s residence on August 7 and police found in a back shed a surveillance system monitoring the exterior of the premises.
They found a crossbow along with drug paraphernalia and the poker machine.
Prosecutor Sgt Tanya Eade opposed bail for community protection and said Peake had previous similar offences.
But solicitor Jason Hanke said Peake can live with his parents at Chiltern, which takes him out of the Albury area.
Magistrate Megan Greenwood said it was a strong prosecution case, but with strict bail conditions there would be no more offending and the community protected.
Peake has to live at Chiltern, abide by an 8pm to 6am curfew, report to police in Albury each Wednesday and accept treatment directions from a doctor for substance abuse issues.
He is banned from having contact with Jesse Clarke.