Alleged Warwick drug trafficker faces more charges

A MAN charged with drug offences after cold case homicide detectives searched his Warwick property last week has had more charges laid against him.

Thomas Edward Martin, 66, was charged with trafficking in, and possessing, dangerous drugs, and unlawfully possessing a weapon after a police search of his Massie property.

Police at the time were searching for evidence possibly linked to one of the state's most notorious cold case investigations, that of the disappearance, and suspected murders, of Barbara McCulkin and her daughters Vicki and Leanne in Brisbane in 1974.

Police claim the search instead uncovered $300,000 in cash and 30kg of marijuana with an estimated street value of up to half a million dollars.

Martin was kept in custody and over the weekend was charged with another six matters, including five weapons offences.

He remained in the watch house and was not brought into Toowoomba Magistrates Court today when the new charges were mentioned.

They included unlawfully possessing a self-loading .22 rifle, a silencer for a .22 rifle, a revolver, a .45 semi-automatic pistol, pump-action shotgun and cryovac bags suspected as being linked to drug related activity.

Martin has not been required to enter any pleas to the charges and his solicitor Nathan Bouchier said his client would not be making any application for bail at this point.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck remanded Martin in custody and adjourned the case for mention back in the same court on Friday.


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