11 May 2023

Seventy-one-year-old convicted of taking part in supply of prohibited drug

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Leeton Court House.

Seventy-one-year-old Barry Isaacson fronted Leeton Court House, where he was convicted of drug charges. Photo: NSW Courts.

A Leeton man has been convicted and sentenced to an 18-month community corrections order and fined $750 for charges related to drug supply.

Barry Isaacson, 71, fronted Leeton Local Court on 9 May, where he pleaded guilty to taking part in the supply of a prohibited drug.

Last month police charged Isaacson and two other men for their alleged involvement in the distribution of prohibited drugs in Leeton.

Police said officers attached to Murrumbidgee Police District’s Proactive Crime Team established Strike Force Apperly in January this year to investigate the alleged supply of prohibited drugs in the Leeton area.

Following extensive inquiries, local police with assistance from the Operational Support Group (OSG) executed three search warrants at homes in Railway Avenue and Wallowa Street, Leeton, and Purdon Street, Whitton, on 18 April.

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Police located and seized methylamphetamine, cannabis, MDMA, an electronic stun device, an extendable baton, fireworks, OMCG clothing, more than $12,000 in cash, and paraphernalia consistent with the alleged distribution of methylamphetamine.

Magistrate Trevor Khan convicted and sentenced the 71-year-old offender to an 18-month community corrections order from 9 May to 8 November 2024, subject to standard conditions.

Under the standard conditions, Isaacson must not commit any offence while subject to the community corrections order and must appear before the court if called upon to do so at any time during the order.

Isaacson is also subject to an additional condition of supervision by a community corrections officer at the Griffith Community Corrections District Office for the period of the community corrections order.

Magistrate Khan has also ordered Isaacson to pay a fine of $750.

Fifty-year-old Leeton man Grant Hillman faced Griffith Local Court last month charged with supplying a prohibited drug, possessing a prohibited drug, two counts of possessing or using a prohibited weapon without a permit, and carrying, using or possessing an explosive flare or firework.

Magistrate Khan released Hillman on conditional bail on terms that he must report to Leeton Police Station, once daily between 8 am and 7 pm, not leave his home at night (7 pm to 7 am) unless he is in the company of three particular people, and he can only have one mobile phone.

Hillman must attend the front door of the premises immediately upon request of a police officer, with curfew checks to be no more than twice per night, eight times per week.

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The accused must not go near or contact or try to go near or contact (except through a legal representative) any prosecution witness.

Hillman will face Griffith Local Court again on 24 May.

A 49-year-old man was charged with 12 offences, including six counts of supplying a prohibited drug, knowingly allowing the use of a drug on the premises, three counts of possessing a prohibited drug, having goods in personal custody suspected of being stolen, and knowingly dealing with proceeds of crime.

He was refused bail to appear before Griffith Local Court on 6 July.

Investigations under Strike Force Apperly continue. Anyone who has information that may assist Strike Force Apperly investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Crime Stoppers online. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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