Teen accused of drug trafficking

A COFFS Harbour teenager has been remanded in custody accused of drug trafficking after police allegedly caught him with 47 ecstasy tablets down his pants.

Police allege the drugs were uncovered on Samuel Paul Cunningham, 19, when he was searched in Wollongong early on Sunday morning.

In the court case against him, police say officers uncovered a capsule-filled plastic bag hidden in the crotch of his pants and found he had $2350 in cash in his wallet, but in court Cunningham has denied selling drugs.

He says the tablets were for his own personal use and he had received the money from a victim's compensation payout, which he had withdrawn from his bank account to give to his mother.

He told police he withdrew $1000 from an automatic teller machine earlier that morning after taking $1000 out of his account on Friday.

Police told the Wollongong Local Court, Cunningham was seen standing near the door of a building urinating against a wall.

The officers who arrested him were tasked to patrol the area, after receiving a call about closed circuit footage, which allegedly showed a youth producing a small bag and showing it to another man.

The court was told Cunningham did not have a lengthy criminal record, but was serving a good behaviour bond and might face a jail sentence if convicted.

Cunningham was refused bail and the matter was adjourned to August 31.



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