A FORMER bullrider who became a paraplegic after an accident in Armidale has been granted bail, accused of supplying the drug ice.
Jordan Lane-Robb faces 20 years behind bars if convicted of supplying 280g of methylamphetamine – a commercial quantity.
The then 18-year-old sustained breakages to the C4 and C5 vertebrae in his neck on November 15, 2014, when he was riding Road Bomb at the Armidale Rodeo.
The now 21-year-old Tamworth-based former bullrider is the latest arrest by Strike Force Delaney – a secret sting by Oxley police targeting the supply of ice in Tamworth and Western NSW.
Lane-Robb was arrested by Oxley detectives and officers from the Target Action Group after handing himself in.
The Leader revealed the secret operation earlier this month and was there when the East Tamworth unit – which police allege was being used to supply drugs by Lane-Robb – was raided.
According to court documents, Lane-Robb is accused of supplying 280g of methylamphetamine in East Tamworth between June 12 and September 10, this year.
He’s also accused of five other counts of supplying the drug between the same time period, as well as dealing with the proceeds of crime.
Investigators allege he handled $52,250 in cash to buy the drug between June and September, knowing it was the proceeds of crime.
Oxley Detective Acting Inspector Jason Darcy told The Leader police would allege the 21-year-old on-sold the drug across the Tamworth, Coonamble and Narrabri areas.
“This is another arrest in a very complex and protracted investigation by officers attached to Strike Force Delaney,” he said.
“Further arrests are expected.”
The East Tamworth unit was raided on September 10 and police allege they found drugs, as well as a number of electronic devices, and financial records which police allege were used for supplying the ice.
Lane-Robb fronted an out-of-sessions bail hearing in Tamworth Local Court and was granted conditional bail because of his special vulnerability and need for 24-hour care.
As part of his bail, he remains under house arrest and must not leave the location unless in the company of family and is prohibited from owning or using a mobile phone unless it’s for a medical emergency. He will front court again in October.
It’s the fourth arrest after Leigh Mitchell Weyman was refused bail on September 19 in Sydney. Police allege he’s the upper-level supplier of the drug ring.
Woolomin’s Ben Woodard is facing life in prison for large commercial supply of methylamphetamine, while Jason Luke Ritchie has also been refused bail on drug supply charges.