Former chef receives fine

A FORMER Lavington chef was fined $800 in Albury Local Court yesterday for failing to complete community service hours imposed for a drug supply offence.

Raymond Luangamath completed 190 hours of the 200 imposed by magistrate Tony Murray in March last year.

“I take into account you only had 10 hours left,” Mr Murray said.

Luangamath, 22, now of Cabramatta, was arrested for “moving” amphetamine around central Albury nightspots in 2012 and part of his reward was keeping some for himself.

But he came under police attention after information was provided to them about his activities.

Police were running Operation Takedown with drug detection dog Bradshaw accompanied by officers in plain clothes about 1.55am on June 17.

They went to an Albury nightclub and saw Luangamath with two men.

He denied having any drugs, but police found 20 small resealable plastic bags with a white crystalised substance inside a cigarette packet.

They also found $300 in $50 notes in a pocket separated from where Luangamath had his loose change.

His phone showed drug supply related text messages.

Police took 20 plastic bags with 3.67 grams of amphetamine from the cigarette packet.

Luangamath admitted collecting the bags from Jelbart Park days earlier after receiving a call.

He intended to “move” the drugs through licensed premises in Albury, with each bag worth $50.