Allegations against a Jindera couple in relation to a 28-kilogram haul of cannabis leaf are close to being resolved.
Edward Allan Tindle, 66, and his wife, Anecita Empasis, 37, were arrested just over a year ago, with Tindle remaining in jail until he finally managed to secure bail in May.
They fronted Albury Local Court magistrate Richard Funston again this week.
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The court heard that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and defence lawyers for the couple were close to reaching an agreement on a set of facts related to the case.
Once that was done, Tindle and Empasis were likely to plead-up on their charges.
That would mean a committal for sentence before the District Court in Albury would most likely proceed at the next mention of their cases on November 9.
Tindle had been fighting the most serious charges laid against the pair, including supplying a commercial quantity of cannabis leaf and dealing with the proceeds of crime in relation to $1 million in Australian currency.
When granted bail, his defence argued that Tindle being held on remand meant he was being denied natural justice, given that practice notes dictated that cases should proceed within a six-month period.
By then, Tindle had already been in custody for eight months.
Police had allege the couple travelled through the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia to buy large amounts of marijuana, with the aim of having this distributed in the Albury area.
Victoria Police allegedly found the cannabis leaf in a modified utility in a suburban transport company depot.
The drug, police previously told the court, had come from South Australia and was hidden in the tray.
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