Bobbin''s South Coast operations manager Brendon Bobbin was refused bail in Batemans Bay Local Court this morning – despite his father putting forward a $10,000 assurance to the court.
Mr Bobbin appeared via video link to face six charges all relating to possession and supply of prohibited drugs.
Bobbin's Transport fleet of 30 trucks and 50 trailers is under investigation after a Police raid swept the highways to target alleged drug use, fatigue and speed compliance on Thursday.
Mr Bobbin, 41, has been under investigation about the alleged use and supply of prohibited drugs during the operation of heavy vehicles as part of Operation Felled, formed to investigate the 40-year-old family company's operations and compliance with road transport legislation.
The operation targeted speed tampering, fatigue offences and vehicle compliance, including workbook and system breaches, and involved Engine Control Modules (ECM) downloads and drug and alcohol testing.
Mr Bobbin was arrested at South Pambula at 7.55am on Thursday with police allegedly seizing an amount of prohibited drugs and drug paraphernalia in a vehicle and prohibited drugs inside the premise.
He was charged at Eden Police Station with supplying a commercial quantity of prohibited drugs, supply prohibited drugs (two counts) and possess prohibited drugs (two counts) and later appeared at Batemans Bay Local Court.
In court this morning (Monday) Mr Bobbin’s solicitor Mr Cullinan requested bail and presented a letter of reference to the court, however the Department of Public Prosecutions expressed a fear that Mr Bobbin would not appear in court in the matter of this case.
Mr Cullinan said that Mr Bobbin was the operations manager of a respected family business, the father of three children and that bail should be granted so that he may continue to support the family and the business.
He said that the amount of amphetamines and cannabis found on Mr Bobbin was a small amount and that there was no evidence of a joint criminal act with the co-accused.
Mr Bobbin’s father put forward a $10,000 assurance to the court and his counsel said Mr Bobbin would abstain from using any illicit substances and endeavour to seek treatment for his personal problem.
Mr Bobbin was refused bail and Magistrate David Degnan said that the case against him was strong with independent evidence of telephone transcripts.
In these transcripts the Magistrate recognised that Mr Bobbin expressed disappointment when a co-accused was intercepted by police.
Mr Bobbin will re-appear in court on Monday, October 28 along with a matter he was due to appear in Bega Local Court for this Tuesday