Drugs and weapons found in raid
POLICE found weapons, drugs and $70,000 worth of stolen clothing in a raid on a Walker Street home on Thursday morning, a court was told.
Police charged Wayne Robert Wedrat, 54, with possessing dangerous drugs, receiving tainted property, unlawful possession of weapons and possessing dangerous drugs.
The Walkervale man was taken into custody and applied for bail in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said a search warrant was carried out at the Walker Street home on Thursday morning where a plastic bag filled with 270g of marijuana was found along with a waterpipe and digital scales.
They also found .22 calibre rifle and a Glenfield bolt action rifle with no bolt which Sgt Stevens said did not render the gun inoperable.
“The defendant has no weapons licence,” the prosecutor said.
Sgt Stevens said police also found an “extreme amount” of clothing in the house which Wedrat allegedly said he obtained from a clothing store at the Bundaberg Showgrounds.
When police investigated a shed at the house, they found 60 large boxes and 15 bags full of the same type of clothing found in the house.
“This was four full trailer loads (of clothing),” Sgt Stevens said.
“Fifteen items of packaged furniture were also found.”
The alleged stolen clothing are estimated to be worth up to $70,000.
Defence lawyer Thomas Bray said his client had lived in Bundaberg for about 10 years.
His client allegedly told police he would continue to smoke cannabis, however Mr Bray said this was taken out of context by police.
“He uses cannabis for pain relief,” Mr Bray said.
He said his client had lost his arm as a result of a “very badly botched surgery” on his arm.
“He is in 24 hour pain as a result of an operation performed by Dr (Jayant) Patel which he has never healed from,” Mr Bray said.
Magistrate Jennifer Batts asked if a condition of Wedrat’s bail should be imposed to address his drug use.
“If this defendant is using as much cannabis as we all suspect, he will require some sort of medical intervention,” Sgt Stevens said.
Ms Batts granted Wedrat’s bail on the condition he attend his general practitioner and follow their medical advice and undergo urinalysis test for illicit drugs.
His case was set down for further mention on October 18.