Coffs-Clarence Police busted a Queensland man found in possession of more than 60g of methamphetamine hidden between his buttocks during a strip search.
Coffs-Clarence Police busted a Queensland man found in possession of more than 60g of methamphetamine hidden between his buttocks during a strip search.

Ice dealer's crack cover-up exposed

A QUEENSLAND man found in possession of more than 60g of methamphetamine attempted to hide the drug between his buttocks during a strip search, and tried to dispose of MDMA while in the back of a police vehicle, a court has heard.

Shane Robert Collins appeared in Grafton Local Court on Tuesday for sentencing after pleading guilty to two charges of supply prohibited drug between an indictable and commercial quantity and possession of a prohibited weapon.

According to agreed facts, on the morning of November 11, 2019, the 36-year-old from Brisbane's south left his home and drove south to NSW in a Mazda 3.

Around 7.30am a witness noticed the vehicle driving erratically and at about 8am about 20km north of Ulmarra the vehicle crossed into the northbound lane of traffic then crashed down an embankment before reversing out and continuing south towards Ulmarra.

The witness saw the vehicle turn down a side street of the village and alerted police.

About 8.37am police arrived and found Collins trying to change a tyre on the vehicle. Collins told police another man was the driver who had left the scene to get help. When asked who was the owner of the vehicle Collins told police a friend in Brisbane had lent him the vehicle, but a check of the vehicle identification number revealed it had been reported stolen five days earlier.

Police searched the vehicle and found a bag which contained a knife, and a search of Collins revealed a bum bag on his waist which contained digital scales and a number of resealable bags.

A further search of the car uncovered a sunglasses case wedged between the passenger's seat and centre console which contained 3.74g of methamphetamine, a glass pipe and a capped syringe.

While the vehicle was being searched Collins was placed in the back of a police van, and was seen by police attempting to discard a plastic sandwich bag containing brown crystals, later found to be 11.84g of MDMA.

Police conducted a strip search of Collins where a plastic bag containing 64.72g of methamphetamine was concealed between his underwear and buttocks.

Magistrate Kathy Crittenden said the quantity of drugs was considerable, with the amount of methamphetamine discovered approximately 21 times the trafficable quantity of the drug, and the MDMA 15 times the trafficable quantity.

The court heard Collins was on parole in Queensland for serious domestic violence offences at the time he was arrested, and had a significant record of prior violence and drug convictions.

Collins was sentenced to a three-year jail term, with a non-parole period of two years. He will be eligible for release on November 10 next year.



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