Club employee on drug charges
A BRUNSWICK HEADS man charged with supplying a prohibited drug yesterday fled the Lismore Courthouse to avoid media attention after he was released on conditional bail.
Shane Nicholas Austin is accused of trafficking ecstasy and MDMA at the CMoog nightclub at Byron Bay.
The 30-year-old man, who works at the nightclub, appeared in Lismore Local Court on four charges of supplying a prohibited drug on three separate occasions.
Austin was one of four men arrested during a police raid on the C-Moog nightclub about 1am on Saturday.
Police said the raid came after months of intelligence-gathering involving undercover operatives from Sydney.
Police allege Austin supplied 46.4 grams of MDMA powder ? in the form of 79 gel caps and 28.4 grams of MDMA powder in a separate bag ? between 1am and 3am on Saturday.
Austin was also charged with supplying two capsules of MDMA and two ecstasy tablets in May and five ecstasy tablets in June.
MDMA is the main ingredient of the party drug ecstasy.
The court heard Austin had no criminal history and would not return to work at the nightclub. He would instead join the family business with his father.
Police prosecutor Brett Gradisnik said he could see Austin had strong ties to the area and suggested bail could be granted.
Magistrate Nick Reimer said the prosecution had an extremely strong case and agreed to grant bail on strict conditions.
Magistrate Reimer said one of the conditions was to not associate with any employees of the C-Moog nightclub.
The nightclub was closed for 72 hours following the raid on Saturday and police said the nightclub would be allowed to reopen at 1am today.
Austin has agreed to forfeit $5000 if he breaches any of his bail conditions. Another person put up another $5000, which would also be lost if Austin breaches his bail conditions.
Austin has not entered a plea and will reappear on September 6 in Lis- more Local Court.