Cocaine charges against State of Origin legend in court

Former NRL player Jason Smith.
Former NRL player Jason Smith.

COCAINE trafficking charges against a former State of Origin star and a Toowoomba restaurateur have been mentioned in court.

The matters of Jason Paul Smith, 42 and Jason Matthew Wood, 34, were adjourned in Toowoomba Magistrates Court this morning so the prosecution could provide the men's lawyer Chris Hannay with a brief of evidence.

Smith, whose rugby league career included appearances for Australia and Queensland and Wood, who owned Toowoomba restaurant The Olive Branch, were charged with the offences on January 5.

It came after a six-month joint operation between the Crime and Corruption Commission and the Darling Downs Tactical Crime Squad.

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Jason Wood.
Jason Wood. Kevin Farmer

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Tim Hutton said there was a large volume of material that needed to be compiled for the brief.

Mr Hannay asked that his clients' bail conditions be changed so that they only reported to police one day a week, instead of the previous three.

He also asked that Smith and Wood's curfew restrictions be removed.

The request was allowed and fresh bail was granted for both men.

Their matters are next due for mention on May 6.


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