Confession lands man with fine

A YOOGALI man was issued with a $400 fine in Griffith Local Court for possession of a prohibited drug.

Samuel John Marando approached police to advise them that the tablet, which had been found by police in a bumbag in the possession of another man earlier that night, was his.

About 12.55am on June 6 police were conducting a foot patrol of Kooyoo Street outside the Griffith Hotel.

Police were approached by a security officer from the hotel who informed police he observed a man carrying a knife.

Police approached the man, who was observed to be standing directly outside the Griffith Hotel.

Police told him they had received information he may be carrying a knife.

The man became argumentative and denied having anything unlawful in his possession.

He gave police consent to search him.

They found a knife.

Police also searched a bumbag he was carrying over his shoulder and found one tablet of oxycodone.

The man told police he had never seen the tablet before.

Police took the man to the police station to interview him.

Later Marando advised police the tablet was his.

He said the man who was in possession of the bumbag must have stolen it from him earlier.

Marando said he did not have a presciption for the tablet.

He said he obtained it from his mother and was using it due to back pain he was experiencing due to a motor vehicle accident.

THE three people accused of being involved in a telephone scam will appear in Griffith Local Court on February 17.

Amitkumar Patel, 33, was arrested and charged along with 40-year-old Ashaben Patel over the $9500 money order late last year.

Amitkumar was also charged over a similar incident involving a $5000 money order along with 40-year-old Jitendrakumar Shivabhai Patel.

Their matter was mentioned in Griffith Local Court on January 6.

It was adjourned to allow the men to organise an interpreter.

The three are accused of calling people and telling them they owe the Australian Tax Office money.

Workers at Hanwood Post Office became suspicious when two of the accused attempted to cash a $9500 money order.

Following the arrest at Hanwood Post Office, detectives went to a Coolah Street home and arrested a third person over the matter.

Police said one of the victims was from Queensland and the other was from South Australia.

He said the Australian Federal Polcie and ATO had been contacted regarding the matter. The three were refused bail when they appeared in Griffith Local Court in October.

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