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Drug bust in Airlie Beach

A TOWNSVILLE man alleged to have filmed an underage girl and a Townsville couple caught with an alleged mobile speed lab made brief appearances in Proserpine Magistrates Court on Friday.

Each was remanded in custody to their home town for mention this week and the reading of extensive charges at committal hearings on October 10.

All were barefoot as they were led into the dock separately.

First in was Joshua Luke Spry charged with unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 16, making child exploitative material, unlawful use of a car, unlicensed driving, four breaches of bail and failing to report to Townsville police.

The 21-year-old had been arrested in a unit at Airlie where he is alleged to have taken images of an under-age girl.

Prosecutor Sergeant Dave Blundell said police had followed up “strong information”, a search warrant issued and the unit raided in the early hours of Friday morning.

About the same time, police had raided a unit in Orana Street.

Sgt Blundell said that after a quick, clandestine surveillance, the unit's door was kicked in and they found an alleged laboratory for making amphetamines (speed).

Kadir Adin Aganovic, 28, did not ask for bail on charges of producing and possessing items used in drug-cooking, obstructing police, stealing a car, possessing suspected stolen property and failing to safely dispose of a needle and syringe and fraud.

Last in was 23 year old Megan Raechel Kelley.

She didn't ask for bail as charges were read of making and having amphetamines, having hydroponic materials for drug production, providing a place where drugs could be made, possessing drug utensils, have items suspected of being used with drug offences, failing to dispose of a needle and syringe, unlawful use of a car and fraud.

Sgt Blundell said he couldn't comment on any product seized as extensive analysis had to be done before anything accurate could be said.


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