RAID: Police search a Margaret Crescent house on Wednesday.
RAID: Police search a Margaret Crescent house on Wednesday.

Two face 45 drug charges each

TWO South Grafton residents are facing 45 charges of supplying prohibited drugs (methyl

amphetamines and cannabis).

Mathew John Williams, 42 and Virginia Jacqueline Simpson, 39, both of Margaret Cres, South Grafton, appeared in a bail court hearing in Grafton Court House yesterday.

The court heard they have each been charged with 44 counts of supplying methylamphetamines and cannabis and one of ongoing supply of a prohibited drug.

Solicitors Nadia Karin for Williams and Joe Fahey for Simpson questioned the strength of the police case when applying for bail.

Mr Fahey said his client was only mentioned 12 times in the police facts and was confident Simpson would not be facing all the charges brought against her.

Ms Karin said her client appeared only three times in the fact sheet and would also be likely to face fewer charges than those on the current list.

Both solicitors noted no drugs or drug paraphernalia was discovered in the search of the property.

Simpson and Williams were arrested on Wednesday after a police raid on their home.

The registrar agreed with police that there was a strong case to answer and only a short remand before their next court appearance. Bail was refused and both Simpson and Williams were remanded in custody to appear at Grafton Local Court on Monday.

Police said the raid was the culmination of a six-month investigation by Strike Force Coosada into the ongoing supply of methylamphetamine and cannabis in the Clarence Valley.

They conducted a simultaneous raid at Arthur St, Grafton, but no details have been released about that raid.



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