Generic photo of cocaine. Dealer is holding drug bag in his hand on a black background. Picture: iStock
Generic photo of cocaine. Dealer is holding drug bag in his hand on a black background. Picture: iStock

Tradie sold cocaine to undercover cops three times

A EWINGSDALE tradie supplying cocaine to the Byron Bay area was brought down by an undercover operation, a court heard.

Aaron Philippe-Collett's case appeared in Tweed Heads Local Court on Wednesday where defence solicitor defence solicitor John Weller entered pleas of guilty to nine offences including possessing a prohibited drug, supplying a prohibited drug and hindering police during a search warrant.

Court documents reveal Northern Rivers Region Enforcement Squad police began investigating Philippe-Collett last year under the name 'Strike Force Cureeki'.

On three occasions from December 17, 2019 to January 6, 2020 Philippe-Collett was recorded and observed suppling cocaine to an undercover officer.

On December 17, Philippe-Collett supplied 0.97g of cocaine at 63 per cent purity for $350 from his home in Ewingsdale.

On December 19, he supplied 1.97g of cocaine at 61.5 per cent purity for $700 and on January 6 he supplied 1.57g of cocaine at 41.5 per cent purity for $600.

Also on January 6, Philippe-Collett was recorded agreeing to supply one ounce of cocaine for either $7500 or $8000 depending on where he sourced the cocaine from.

The 44-year-old told the undercover operation he was unable to source the ounce of cocaine as the place he was purchasing from in the Gold Coast had "shut up shop".

He was then recorded supplying three bags of combined total of 2.28g of cocaine in exchange for $900 at his residence.

When Philippe-Collett saw police arriving at his house for a search warrant later the same day he ran inside to dispose of his drugs.

He threw a plastic container of cocaine off a railing only to have the wind catch it and blow some of it back onto the balcony.

The cocaine collected off the balcony weighed 11.4 grams and analysed, revealing the cocaine, Philippe-Collett had tried to get rid of totalled 8.626g.

Inside his home, police found $1750 made up of $50 notes hidden in a book in the drawer of a desk.

Two of the notes were identified as the ones used by police when undercover.

In the kitchen, there was 0.9g of cannabis in separate satchel bags on top of the fridge and a small vial of 0.06g methylamphetamine was also found in the kitchen.

Philippe-Collett's case was adjourned for sentence in Lismore District Court on October 22.


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