Bail refused on drug charges
A MAN has been refused bail after police allege he was caught with more than half a kilo of the drug ice valued at more than $100,000 on Friday.
Phounakhone Keomalavong, 27 from Fairfield in Sydney, appeared dressed in prison greens at Lismore Local court after he and 18 year-old woman Taylor Dibbs were caught by police on Friday at 4am on Ballina's Tamar St, following a driving complaint.
Dibbs, who was granted bail on Friday, appeared in Lismore Local court and her bail was continued.
When police pulled Keomalavong over they searched the car and discovered what they allege was 535g of crystal methamphetamine valued at an estimated $133,000 in resealable plastic bags.
Dibbs and Keomalavong were taken to Ballina police station where he was charged with supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and she was charged with taking part in the supply of a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.
She was granted conditional bail while Keomalavong was remanded in custody.
Keomalavong's legal aid solicitor Tom Trembath did not lodge a bail application for his client but indicated he will apply for bail before the matter appears before the court again.
Magistrate R Denes adjourned the matter until October 2.