Appeal dismissed for Northern Rivers drug dealer

A DRUG dealer convicted of supplying large quantities of ecstasy and cocaine in the Northern Rivers has had his appeal for a more lenient sentence thrown out of court.

Adam Campbell Brown was sentenced to 11 years and nine months' jail in 2014 for trafficking drugs in Ballina, Lennox Head, Suffolk Park and Newrybar.

His customer, a Byron Bay man whose name was kept secret by the courts, was arrested after supplying undercover police with ecstasy on 10 occasions in 2012.

Brown never had direct contact with the undercover police officers, and none of the marked money they used to buy the drugs was found in his possession.

The arrested man gave evidence against Brown in exchange for a shorter sentence.

Both men were taken to Grafton jail after their arrest, where the second man later claimed they shared a cell.

He told the court he and Brown had conspired while in jail to claim the drugs had come from a third person called Richie who had recently died.

Records from the jail show the men never shared a cell, despite the man's insistence they had done so for one night.

Brown's legal team argued the man's evidence was unreliable, and that only circumstantial evidence linked him to the crimes.

NSW Court of Criminal Appeal Justice Robert Hulme rejected those claims.

"A potentially strong point in favour of the applicant was that his fingerprints were not found on any of the bags of drugs located by police on August 17, 2012," Justice Hulme said.

"But against it is that the drugs were found in his own bedroom and there was also the 'tick list' on which his fingerprints were found." - ARM NEWSDESK


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