Bail refused after car cannabis bust

A SOUTH Australian man allegedly caught with more than a kilogram of cannabis has been refused bail over fears he is a flight risk. 

Kayne Adams, 32, of Salisbury, was arrested in Mildura on April 14 after the car he was travelling in was intercepted by police. He is facing charges of trafficking cannabis and possessing a drug of dependence. 

During a bail application at Mildura Magistrates’ Court yesterday, First Constable Hayley Groves said Adams was travelling with a “well known local drug dealer”, Matthew Saxby, when police pulled the car over on Deakin Avenue.

She said police decided to search the car after detecting a strong smell of cannabis.

The court heard police found 1.3kg of cannabis, with a street value of $32,500, in a cooler in the car.

Adams had five phones in his possession at the time, but they were later returned to his family, the court heard. 

Constable Groves said police believed there was a real chance of him fleeing to South Australia if he was granted bail. Adams’ sister gave evidence to the court he could live with her in Mildura while on bail. 

The court heard Adams was an ice user, had mental health issues and a significant online gambling problem.

Defence counsel Peter Delorenzo said Adams would plead guilty to the charges at the next appearance.

Magistrate Andrew Capell said Adams would be staring at the likelihood of a prison sentence at his next appearance.

“Which I think makes him a risk of flight,” he said.

He refused Adams bail, who will be back before the Koori Court on May 18.

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