No return to jail for drug runner

Wayne McCann was used as a drug runner by Malcolm Collins.

Wayne McCann was used as a drug runner by Malcolm Collins.

A LAVINGTON man who acted as “a runner” for Albury ice syndicate mastermind Malcolm Collins yesterday avoided going back to jail.

Wayne McCann, 20, walked free from the District Court at Albury after Judge Chris Robison imposed two backdated four-month jail terms for drug supply offences.

The jail terms began on January 30 and expired on Thursday with McCann, of Prune Street, having to spend another 20 months on parole.

He had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of ongoing drug supply and supplying a prohibited drug.

Barrister Christine Mendes said McCann became involved with the syndicate because his mother, Samantha Stevens, was in a relationship with Collins.

Ms Mendes said McCann had just reached adulthood, being 18 years and two months, when he started his offending.

He lived with his mother and Collins was a constant presence in his life, as well as a strong influence.

Drug squad detectives in Albury began Strike Force Roder in March 2012 to target the activities of Collins and monitored phone calls through legal intercepts.

McCann became involved in mid-July and was used by Collins to supply drugs to a number of users in the Albury region, along with collecting money for him.

The total amount of cannabis supplied by McCann for Collins was 1405 grams.

Collins asked him to get 900 grams for $6000 on July 19 and asked him to get 449 grams on August 10.

McCann was contacted by Collins on August 7 and told to pick up 28 grams from his place, which was sold.

There were deliveries of ice by McCann on July 31, August 9 and August 28, when 3.5 grams was provided for $1700.

The ongoing drug supply charge related to the period between July 18 and August 28.

McCann spent 60 days in custody after being arrested and charged before being granted Supreme Court bail.

He has since been on stringent bail conditions with daily reporting to police and a curfew.