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Two arrested in drug raids

POLICE allegedly found speed, marijuana and testosterone when they raided two Bundaberg homes yesterday morning.

A man was arrested after officers found 450g of cannabis, digital scales, a water pipe and two vials of testosterone in an Avoca home.

Keith Norman Martin Kerr, 37, appeared before Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon and applied for bail on one charge of possession of a dangerous drug.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said Kerr had admitted the cannabis was for his own personal use.

Sgt Stevens claimed Kerr admitted to police to smoking about one gram of cannabis a week and he used the steroids to build up his leg muscles after a workplace accident.

Kerr was granted bail by Magistrate Jennifer Batts, who ordered he not consume any illicit drugs and report to the Bundaberg police station twice a week.

Officers from the Bundaberg Police Criminal Investigation Branch and Brisbane Drug Detection squad also raided a Moore Park Beach home, where they arrested Joel Raymond McGowan, 26.

The court was told officers searched the Booyan Road home, seizing 12 cannabis plants, 40.5 grams of marijuana and a water pipe.

Officers also allegedly found fertiliser in McGowan’s bedroom, which he admitted he used to maintain the drug plants.

McGowan pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon to several drugs charges, but the proceedings were interrupted so further legal advice could be obtained.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said the defendant was on bail at the time of his arrest for similar charges.

“In brief, a lab producing methylamphetamine was found in a local hotel,” he told the court.

McGowan will face court again on Tuesday, with Kerr set down for mention on November 8.



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