20 August 2021

Cocaine trafficker pleads guilty after train station drug raid

| Albert McKnight
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Police seized this cocaine from Justin Andrew Eeles, 51, after he arrived in Canberra earlier this year. Photo: ACT Policing.

A drug trafficker arriving at the Canberra train station from Sydney was pounced on by police, who found he was in possession of cocaine worth up to $20,000.

Agreed court documents show police waited for 51-year-old Justin Andrew Eeles to pull into the Canberra Railway Station on 22 April 2020, then searched him once he got off his train.

He told them the item they wanted was in the top pocket of his backpack, although he did not explain what the item was.

Police searched the pocket and found a large clear plastic bag containing a white powder they suspected to be cocaine.

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When ACT Policing reported the arrest, they alleged 59 grams of cocaine had been found, which would have had a street value of $20,000.

However, the documents tendered to the court without objection state the slightly less amount of 55 grams of cocaine had actually been found on Eeles.

Eeles, a Deakin man who works as a wall finisher, appeared over phone in the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday (19 August). He pleaded guilty to a charge of trafficking in a controlled drug other than cannabis.

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His lawyer, Jacob Robertson of JDR Law, told the court a pre-sentence report would assist in the matter before his client was sentenced.

Magistrate Robert Cook adjourned the case to 12 November for sentence. He continued bail and ordered a pre-sentence report.

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