Pistol, drugs found: police tell court

RODNEY Craig Grills was on a good behaviour bond when police raided his Kurri Kurri home and found a Magnum pistol in a holster, fully loaded with six rounds of ammunition, and DNA consistent with his on the trigger, a court has heard.
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The firearm was allegedly hidden behind the bedhead in the master bedroom of the Rawson Street house he shared with his family.

Police said that in the lounge room they found bullets, a Samsung mobile phone, a Blackberry, a sawn-off single barrel shotgun and five cartridges, a silver-coloured machete, digital scales, ammunition, plastic bags, fireworks, cannabis, lists with names and amounts, and a taser disguised as a mobile phone.

In a car they allegedly found a rifle scope and in the garage more ammunition, glass smoking pipes, more fireworks, more lists, scales, cutting agents and 4.8grams of methamphetamine.

Text messages on the mobile phones included a reference to an unpaid ‘‘bookkeeping bill’’ and then, four days later from the same number, a message saying ‘‘please put the f—ing money you owe into my account … ’’

Another message referred to the quality of substances previously supplied and how fast the sender had ‘‘moved’’ the ‘‘clear stuff’’, requests for ‘‘more time’’ to settle debts, and threats of violence.

The details emerged during a bail application made on the 31-year-old’s behalf in Newcastle Local Court yesterday where Mr Grills’ grandfather offered to put his $230,000 house on the line to get his grandson out on bail.

Mr Grills had been granted bail in March 2013 on a break and enter charge with conditions including that he surrender all firearms and relevant licences.

The police search was conducted on November 5, 2013.

Magistrate Robert Stone refused the bail application citing the risk of reoffending and the safety of the community and adjourned the matter to July 30.

Mr Grills has not yet entered pleas to 14 separate drugs possession and supply, and firearms charges.

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