Accused drug trafficker bailed, bikie charges dropped

AN IPSWICH man accused of drug trafficking has been granted bail after prosecutors admitted he was at risk of spending more time in jail waiting to be sentenced than he would if he pleaded guilty.

The Brisbane Supreme Court heard prosecutors had also dropped allegations that Jarrod Ronald Damora had associations with bikie gangs.

It was the third time Mr Damora had applied for bail at the Supreme Court before Justice Peter Flanagan, who said he had been "reluctant" to hear it again.

But Crown prosecutor Ben Jackson admitted Mr Damora had already served about as much time waiting to go to court than he would if he pleaded guilty to the charges.

Mr Damora was arrested as part of a Taskforce Maxima raid of an alleged drug ring running out of Ipswich and south-western Brisbane. At the time, police said he was one of the key targets.

The Lima Hacksaw operation resulted in 20 people being arrested on a range of drug offences following an eight-month investigation.

Mr Damora is facing charges of drug trafficking, supplying and possessing dangerous drugs including methylamphetamine and marijuana.

Similarly, Mr Jackson said the full extent of Mr Damora's alleged involvement in the operation was yet to be settled.

"I cannot quantify what allegations will be made against him," he said.

Justice Flanagan ruled Mr Damora would have to take random drug tests and regularly report to police. - ARM NEWSDESK


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