Nimbin man Mahlie Bayles outside the Lismore Court.
Nimbin man Mahlie Bayles outside the Lismore Court.

Drugs and weapons seized in raid

CANNABIS cookies, leaf and seeds, a crossbow and a large fire cracker were all allegedly found inside the home of Nimbin resident Mahlie Bayles.

Bayles was granted bail yesterday after pleading not guilty to nine charges following a police search of his home on Sunday.

Bayles, 27, faced Lismore Local Court charged with supplying 2.3kg of cannabis; possession of 2.3kg of cannabis valued at $23,000; possession of 10 grams of cannabis seed; possession of a prohibited weapon (a crossbow); possession of a prohibited weapon (an expandable baton); possession of 177 rounds of .22 calibre ammunition without a permit; two counts of dealing with property suspected of being stolen (three gold chains and $722 cash); and handling an explosive without a licence (a fire cracker).

Defence lawyer Sophie Anderson, applying for bail, said her client would be pleading not guilty to the charges and was prepared to lodge a $1000 cash surety and his $6000 car. Another person could put up $3000.

She said Bayles had no serious previous offences and was not a person known for serious offences of this type.

Prosecutor Sgt Steve Gerrish opposed bail stating they were very serious allegations and if convicted Bayles would go to jail.

Police facts before the court stated that when officers searched his Cecil Street house Bayles said there was some ‘herb’ inside and took them to a store room.

A large amount of cannabis was found stored inside plastic bags, with dried cannabis on the ground.

A search also discovered cannabis inside seven resealable plastic bags, including five found inside a child’s backpack, and three plastic containers holding cannabis seed.

In the lounge room 22 plastic bags were found containing cannabis, with more cannabis seeds and cannabis leaf found inside a television cabinet.

The police search also found a black expandable baton, 177 rounds of .22 calibre ammunition inside a cabinet along with three gold chains (two with price tags of $3833 and $3980) and a 25cm fire cracker.

A crossbow was found in a bedroom and nine home-made cannabis cookies were found in the kitchen.

Police allege notebooks were found containing names related to the sale and supply of cannabis. The total weight of the cannabis was 2.3kg, which police estimate had a street value of $23,000.

Magistrate Robyn Denes granted bail that included cash deposits and ordered Bayles to report regularly to Nimbin police. The case was adjourned to late January.

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