A man has pleaded guilty to drug supply.
A man has pleaded guilty to drug supply.

Psych test ordered for Northern Rivers drug supplier

A BALLINA man has pleaded guilty to supplying almost 30g of ice in a month across the Northern Rivers.

Peter Maurice Cooper, 47, was arrested in March following a police investigation into the supply of methylamphetamine in the Ballina area.

When Cooper appeared via video link on Monday in Lismore District Court, he pleaded guilty to supplying a prohibited drug on more than three occasions in the Ballina and Goonellabah areas.

A man will face court today after stolen property and drugs were located during a search warrant at a Ballina home yesterday.
A man will face court today after stolen property and drugs were located during a search warrant at a Ballina home yesterday.

The court heard Cooper, between February 26 and March 25, 2020, supplied the probated drug on 19 separate occasions, ranging from 0.35g to 3.5g at a time.

Cooper also pleaded guilty to supplying $80 worth of cannabis and unlawfully possessing stolen property, with both matters expected to be considered at sentencing.

Police had located and seized jewellery, bikes, power tools, and watches – all alleged to be stolen property, earlier this year.

Cooper’s defence lawyer, Tracey Randall, told the court she had requested a psychological report for her client but due to a COVID-19 backlog, he wouldn’t be able to undergo the assessment prior to February.

Ms Randall said Cooper had a “long-standing ADHD diagnosis”.

Cooper will return to Lismore District Court on March 10.


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