More than $160,000 of ice found in raid

NORTH Albury man Duane Crowe is a heavy user of ice and police found 162 grams of the drug with a street value of $162,000 when they raided his house this week, a court heard yesterday.

Drug squad police also found an unregistered .22 rifle in Crowe’s bedroom and pipes for smoking the drug.

The price tag on the drug was based on it being sold for $100 a “point” (0.1 gram).

Crowe, 35, of Wantigong Street, appeared in custody in Albury Local Court yesterday on charges of dealing with property suspected of being the proceeds of crime, drug possession, the deemed supply of drugs and three firearms offences.

Solicitor Kate Bleasel applied for Crowe’s release, but magistrate Tony Murray rejected it.

He adjourned the charges until September 22 with a police brief to be completed 10 days earlier.

Police facts tendered during the release application said the amount of drugs found was much larger than what could be considered as being for personal use.

Drug implements and what was believed to be “cutting agent” were found, along with drug packaging.

Detectives found evidence of drug supplying on a mobile phone and Crowe is apparently drug dependent with no other source of income.

An unregistered firearm was found near the drugs, stored in an unsafe manner.

Crowe has never held a firearms licence.

Police suggested that Crowe posed an unacceptable risk to the community and would continue to use the drug and supply it if released.

Police stopped Crowe about 10.40am on Tuesday when he was driving in Albury.

He was searched and a mobile phone had drug supply content including references to prohibited drugs from known associates.

Police found $2300 cash and when they asked where it came from, Crowe replied: “I’ve got hobbies.”

Crowe was arrested and taken to his residence where drugs, the firearm and other items, including scales, were found.

The rifle barrel was found in Crowe’s bedroom and the stock a short distance away.

He later refused to be interviewed by drug squad officers.

Ms Bleasel said Crowe was a self-employed timber mill operator and could live with a friend at a Tallangatta hotel if he was released.

She said three other people lived in the house, but police said they had indicated the drugs did not belong to them.