Accused sex shop synthetic marijuana trafficker bailed

A MAN accused of running a synthetic marijuana trafficking operation out of a Toowoomba sex shop has been granted bail despite concerns he may interfere with witnesses.

Ross McGlone has been charged with trafficking, producing and possessing dangerous drugs from the Toowoomba Love Hearts Adult Shop.

The 36-year-old has been charged as part of an alleged synthetic cannabis ring selling the drug out of Love Heart stores across regional Queensland.

The Crown did not oppose Mr McGlone's bail application but said police had concerns he may interfere with witnesses.

Brisbane Supreme Court Justice Jean Dalton said there were concerns Mr McGlone had a "controlling personality" and could interfere with people who were witnesses against him.

Justice Dalton said Mr McGlone had been accused of selling the drug for about 18 months and had been involved in diluting it with a type of tea.

As part of the bail conditions Mr McGlone has been banned from possessing or distributing anything that causes similar effects to marijuana.

Mr McGlone was bailed to live with family in Toowoomba.

Police allege Love Heart boss David Andre Piccinato ran the trafficking operation through computers from his Melbourne home and threatened to fire employees who did not sell the drug.

Mr Piccinato was granted bail in February.

In Mr Piccinato's bail application police alleged synthetic marijuana was being sold under the counter as a tea called Full Moon.

- ARM NEWSDESK


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