20 December 2021

Cocaine trafficking charge laid after police raid allegedly uncovers 'drug talk'

| Albert McKnight
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ACT Policing allege they found drug paraphernalia while searching Ricky Wayne Evans’ home. Photo: ACT Policing.

A south Canberra man has been granted bail after police raided his home and arrested him, alleging he was trafficking cocaine.

Court documents show police raided 41-year-old Ricky Wayne Evans’ home in Kambah on 11 December.

Police claim that during their search Mr Evans admitted he was a heavy user of cocaine, and there were about six or seven grams of the drug in his ensuite bathroom.

They also spoke to his friend, who said he had come over to help with lawn mowing.

Police claim the friend told them he had “some satchels down the front of his pants”, which were for Mr Evans, and he had bought cocaine from Mr Evans in the past few days. The friend handed the satchels over.

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During their search, police also allegedly found bags of white powder they suspect to be cocaine, digital scales, about $1700 in cash and a mobile phone.

They also found a ceramic plate with two clip seal bags on it, along with a straw and a card in Mr Evans’ name covered in white powder.

“The defendant made full admissions to the possession of the cocaine but insisted it was for his own use,” police allege.

“A search of the defendant’s mobile telephone identified drug talk between unknown persons wanting to buy items, suspected to be cocaine, from the defendant.”

Mr Evans was charged with trafficking cocaine when he appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday (13 December) and applied for bail.

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Magistrate Robert Cook said he had some reservations about granting him bail, but he did appear to be employed, live in the ACT with family in the territory.

Bail was granted and Mr Evans will return to court to enter a plea on 11 January 2022.

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