The accused drug trafficker, Jason Condon, allegedly ran a 'drugs business' in Kingaroy.
The accused drug trafficker, Jason Condon, allegedly ran a 'drugs business' in Kingaroy. Luka Lajst

Alleged trafficker who ran 'drugs business' granted bail

A MAN who allegedly ran a 'drugs business' in trafficking and supplying marijuana has been granted bail.

Jason Condon faced 65 drugs-related charges in Murgon Magistrates Court on August 13.

Police prosecutor Pepe Gangemi said the risk of the 42-year-old Kingaroy man committing further offences was high.

Mr Condon is charged with allegedly trafficking a dangerous drug, 60 counts of supplying a dangerous drug and producing a dangerous drug.

He is also charged with possessing a dangerous drug, possessing drug utensils and possessing property used in the commission of a drug-related offence.

"The defendant obligingly kept a tick sheet of phone records,” Sgt Ganemi told the court.

"It's clear he's had a business.”

Sgt Gangemi said drug offences of this nature were generally difficult to detect.

"It's very easy to conduct a business of this sort, without too much interference from the police,” he said.

According to the Queensland Police Service report, the man was arrested on August 12 after seized evidence from search warrants on August 5 and August 7 was forensically analysed.

Police will allege the Kingaroy man was conducting the business between July 6, 2019 and August 4, 2019.

Defence lawyer Mark Werner said the 42-year-old man lived in an Albert St rental house in Kingaroy.

Mr Werner said the defendant allegedly suffers from epilepsy and blood cancer.

The court heard Mr Condon personally used marijuana which lessened symptoms of the medical conditions, and was looking into prescription marijuana.

Mr Werner said the case was unlikely to be heard in Kingaroy District Court until next year and it was unjust to hold the defendant in custody until then.

Magistrate Louisa Pink said trafficking marijuana was a serious charge.

"It's one of the most serious charges we have in our statute book,” she said.

"The evidence against you is strong, which comes from the mobile phone data.”

Mr Condon was granted bail with conditions to report to Kingaroy Police Station twice a week, to submit to regular drug tests and to not commit any more offences.

He will appear for committal mention in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on October 14.

South Burnett

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