'Watchman' caught up in police raid on bikie clubhouse
A 51-YEAR-OLD man charged with drug-related offences arising from a police raid on the Bandidos Motorcycle Gang clubhouse in Toowoomba on Saturday claimed he wasn't a member of the club.
Ronald Keith Caldow spent the weekend in the watch house after being arrested during the raid on Saturday and appeared before Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon on charges of possessing dangerous drugs suspected to be amphetamines, producing and supplying a dangerous drug to another person, possessing two sets of scales and possessing a sum of money suspected as being proceeds of drugs sales.
He was not required to enter any pleas to the charges and stood quietly in the court dock as his solicitor Claire Graham applied for bail on his behalf.
Ms Graham submitted her client had only a limited criminal history and that he claimed he wasn't a member of the Bandidos club.
Her client said he had been staying at the Civil Crt clubhouse and acting as the club's night watchman and general rouseabout.
The police claimed Caldow was involved in drug supplying but there appeared no evidence of that, she said.
Ms Graham said her client had been in a vehicle with a woman when police found a range of crystalline substances but those substances had yet to be analysed.
If granted bail, her client would reside at another residence in Toowoomba and, if need be, have no contact with any members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, she submitted.
However, Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck refused bail and remanded Caldow in custody with the matters to be mentioned again back in the same court on November 12.
Five other people charged with drug-related matters arising from the police operation on Saturday were also remanded in custody.
A 34-year-old woman was remanded in custody until Thursday when her solicitor will make an application for bail, while a 64-year-old man and his 39-year-old de facto wife and carer were refused bail and remanded in custody to appear again in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on November 12.