Drug hearing date set

TWEED businessman and rural landholder William John Stock remains on $200,000 bail and will face a committal hearing in Lismore Local Court on serious drug charges on March 12.

Stock, 54, a former Banora Point resident who now lives at his Cudgera Creek property, is charged with enhanced indoor cultivation of cannabis for commercial purpose at Cudgera Creek between January and June 2008; supplying a prohibited drug - cannabis; dealing with property suspected to be proceeds of crime; and taking part in the cultivation of a commercial quantity of cannabis in June 2008 - 475 plants.

A co-accused, Wayne Lindsay Ruff, 29, from Terranora, also faces a committal hearing on March 12 charged with the enhanced indoor cultivation of cannabis for commercial purpose at Duranbah between November 2007 and June 2008.

Ruff is also charged with the enhanced indoor cultivation of cannabis for commercial purpose at Cudgera Creek between March and June 2008; possession of a prohibited weapon without a permit at Terranora Road on June 30, 2008; and supplying cannabis at Cudgera Creek in June 2008.

Both the Stock and Ruff matters were mentioned briefly in Lismore Local Court this week to enable their legal representatives and the Crown prosecutor to set a date for the committal hearings of the legally defended matters.

Stock, who has a business interest in a Byron Bay ice-cream parlour, had his bail undertakings met by business associates and his parents.



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