Where are the drugs, judge asks

A STRONG case cops claim to have against an accused drug trafficker has left a judge unimpressed.

Rockhampton man Trevor John Williams was charged last year with 105 drug offences.

Mr Williams, in his mid-50s, was granted bail on Friday, but not before Justice Martin Burns chided police for not providing much evidence to justify an alternative.

"I strongly suspect there's a strong case there. It's just not before the court.”

In September last year, Mr Williams was arrested after a four month Criminal Investigation Bureau operation.

The court heard police claimed to have found clipseal bags and drug-related messages on at least one of Mr Williams' mobile phones.

Justice Burns said details before him about the alleged trafficking were generic.

"I know nothing about the trafficking really. The amounts ... could be said about any other case,” he told Brisbane Supreme Court.

During one search, cash was allegedly found, but drugs were not, the judge said.

Justice Burns said it was "concerning” to hear Mr Williams was accused of employing people to supply methylamphetamine.

But he said police had provided little or no meaningful detail since an affidavit sworn on September 17 to justify opposing bail.

He said this had made prosecutor Victoria Adams's job a difficult one.

Ms Adams said there were "definitely large quantities alleged” in relation to drug trafficking.

Defence barrister Tony Kimmins said Mr Williams had been in custody at Capricornia.

"There is scant evidence in relation to an offence of trafficking,” Mr Kimmins said.

The barrister said police might be using a "broad brush approach” with regard to allegedly drug-related messages found on Mr Williams's phone.

The accused trafficker would most likely have a 12-hour curfew and be banned from using any encrypted phone messaging apps.

"There are a raft of conditions here which would allow him to virtually be in contact with police very day,” Mr Kimmins told the court.

He said Mr Williams would submit to drug testing if required.

"Police officers will obviously be able to have some inkling whether he's still using drugs.”

Mr Williams will report twice daily to police.


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