A MELBOURNE man charged with supplying $1.25 million worth of the drug “ice” is still waiting to have his case finalised 17 months after his arrest.
Ho Pham, 48, of Sunshine, made another appearance in Albury Local Court yesterday on charges of supplying a large commercial quantity of drugs, knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime and drug possession.
An application was made for a further adjournment, but magistrate Tony Murray said he had been asked to explain the long delay.
The request for an explanation has been made by NSW’s chief magistrate Judge Graeme Henson.
Mr Murray said the case had been listed for a paper committal the past three times at court.
Director of Public Prosecutions representative Graham Lamond said information had been sought from the Australian Federal Police, who were reluctant to provide it.
Mr Murray said the case would be listed for October 11 and it would proceed irrespective of whether the information had been obtained.
Pham and another man, Ngoc-Dinh Nguyen, 51, of Footscray, were stopped by police in Holbrook on May 24 last year.
Inside a backpack, officers found five individual packages of ice, each weighing about one kilogram.
Pham allegedly admitted being paid $1000 to deliver the packages to someone in Melbourne and was driving the vehicle when stopped.
Nguyen, who spent a month in jail on remand, earlier this year failed to win costs against police.
The application by him was made after a Director of Public Prosecutions representative in Albury Local Court withdrew drug possession and supply charges.