Canberra Rebel Vice President John Wright arrested in Braddon drug bust | Canberra Times

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A senior Rebels bike has been released on bail after a drug bust at his Braddon unit, where police allegedly found a large amount of cash, suspected cocaine and a set of knuckledusters. Detectives from ACT Police’s anti-gang unit, Taskforce Nemesis, arrested Canberra Rebel Vice President John Donald George Wright as he sat in a car on Mort Street Thursday night. They took him to his nearby home and carried out a search warrant under which they claim to have found about 60 grams of a white powder believed to be cocaine. Some of this should have been inside a sock sitting on a table, while supposedly there was also a part under the kitchen sink. Legal documents show that police also claim to have found $ 150 in the washing machine and a bundle of about $ 15,000 in cash. According to police, there was also a set of crackers in a fruit bowl on the dining table. A white Holden Commodore tool and a silver Renault work vehicle were also seized as suspected proceeds of crime. Police claim that Mr Wright, also known as John Winchester, rejected claims to provide passwords for two mobile phones. He was eventually charged with drug smuggling, possession of a prohibited weapon and failure to comply with a legal order to unlock electronic devices. Wright applied for bail in ACT Magistrates Court on Friday when defense attorney Charlene Chalker-Harris said there were many “convincing” reasons to release him. Ms Chalker-Harris said the 46-year-old father of four had long owned a tiling business and had recently worked in the area of ​​greyhound handling. She said the man had a limited criminal history and strong ties to both the ACT and Queanbeyan, which police had admitted in some form of bail. The lawyer claimed that the case against her client was “not strong” in relation to drug smuggling and charges of weapons because the relevant items could belong to persons who regularly “came and went” from the device. She said police opposition to bail was largely based on concerns that Mr Wright might interfere with witnesses in another lawsuit involving some of his other Rebels bikes. Ms Chalker-Harris said those concerns were only speculative and she had been instructed that her client did not have “a vested interest” in the case because it was related to something that had happened before those involved were rebels. Prosecutor Sam Bargwanna opposed bail, arguing that Wright would likely commit offenses and “contaminate” evidence. He cited the 46-year-old’s alleged refusal to help police unlock the phones. “The only sensible reason he would have refused is that there is evidence of it that he does not want the police to see,” Mr Bargwanna said. The prosecutor argued that “in no way” was it possible to rely on Mr. Wright on bail because he could access the devices via the “cloud” to alter or destroy evidence. Bargwanna said a bail condition banning Mr Wright from using any device capable of accessing the internet would be “impossible to enforce”. He also referred to the man’s membership of the outlaw motorcycle gang and said such organizations existed for criminal purposes. Magistrate James Lawton ultimately agreed with Mrs Chalker-Harris that Mr Wright’s concerns were speculative, saying there was nothing to suggest the 46-year-old would fail to comply with bail conditions. MORE NEWS ABOUT LAW AND CRIME: Mr. Lawton said he did not accept that there was certainly anything harassing on the phones, or that material on them could necessarily be manipulated from remote locations while police were in possession of them. He said another order forcing Mr Wright to provide the phone’s passwords would likely be placed soon, and the bike would commit an offense if he did not comply. The judge granted bail on conditions that included a requirement for Mr. Wright to report to police daily and a ban on his access to the Internet. Sir. Wright, who did not file pleas, is due back in court on Dec. 16. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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