Man pleads guilty to supplying drugs through the post

AN OBERON man will be sentenced in Nowra District Court after pleading guilty to a charge of supplying prohibited drugs in the Bawley Point area.

Benjamin Edward Neely, 31, of Duck Maloi Road, appeared in Nowra Local Court on Tuesday before Magistrate Susan McGowan.

Neely pleaded guilty to the charge of supplying prohibited drugs of an indictable quantity (not cannabis) and will be sentenced on March 3.

Other charges will also be taken into account at the time including possessing equipment for the administration of a prohibited drug, two counts of possess a prohibited drug, possess/attempt to prescribe  prohibited substance and having the proceeds of crime.

In evidence before the court, police said postal workers at the Ulladulla Postal Delivery Centre and the Bawley Point Postman began intercepting suspicious envelopes and packages that had been sent from Manchester in the UK in January last year.

The packages which contained a white powder, were handed to Ulladulla police, who suspected them to be heroin, cocaine or ecstasy.

A total of 15 envelopes were intercepted.

Police allege the drugs were being sent to a vacant holiday home in the Bawley Point area.

One package in April 2013 allegedly contained 100 tablets, which were handed to police who suspected them of being prescribed restricted substances.

On other occasions packages were being posted at the red public postal box at Bawley Point.

Police investigations led to Neely and during a search of his Bawley Point home in May officers discovered prohibited drugs and items associated with the import and distribution of prohibited drugs, communication devices and Australian Post mailing and packaging items.

Police located 26.5 grams of a white powder, 34 grams of cannabis and cash totalling $12,890.

On the same day a further two further suspect packages turned up at the Ulladulla Postal Delivery Centre. Fingerprint analysis later confirmed Neely’s prints on the packages inside the envelopes.

Police also allege Neely followed the postman on his rounds in Bawley Point on a number of occasions in January and February last year. The accused had never been seen deliberately removing the envelopes, but had been spotted trying to conceal himself in bushland near vacant homes.

He will be sentences in Nowra District Court on March 3.

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