Pair linked to parcel containing 4kg of MDMA granted bail

TWO men linked to a parcel allegedly containing about 4kg of MDMA siezed in a raid have been freed on bail.

Jonathan Kirkpatrick, 25, and Adrian Clarence Blanch, 27, were arrested following a raid by the Australian Federal Police on Monday, which also allegedly netted drug paraphernalia and almost $10,000 in cash, the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court heard.

Kirkpatrick was charged with attempting to possess a border-controlled drug.

Blanch was charged with attempting to import a border-controlled drug.

They both separately appeared in the prisoner’s dock before Magistrate Jacqui Payne on Tuesday.

An AFP spokesperson said earlier this month, officers from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service examined a parcel that was allegedly found to contain about 4kg of a substance that tested positive for MDMA.

It was referred to the AFP, who executed a number of search warrants, the spokesperson said.

During Kirkpatrick’s hearing, lawyer Adam Magill told the court his client was an electrician and had been awarded a contract to work in Sydney for six weeks.

He said he had “heavy ties” to Queensland and had been taking time to visit his parents in Brisbane.

Kirkpatrick was granted bail along with a number of conditions including that he report to police twice a week and surrender his passport.

The court heard Blanch had started his painting apprenticeship nine years ago and had been working on a contractual basis for his employer.

During the hearing, Commonwealth prosecutor Ben Satiu argued Blanch may be at risk of failing to appear.

But Ms Payne bailed him after the accused’s employer decided to put up a $10,000 surety.

He must also report to police twice a week, surrender his passport and is banned from setting foot near any points of international departure.

Both men are set to reappear in court on January 17.

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