ALLEGED drug kingpin Beau Lawton has had more serious drug charges laid against him, including supplying a large commercial quantity of ecstasy which attracts a maximum jail term of life imprisonment.
Mr Lawton, 25, had remained in custody after being arrested in high-profile police raids on September 9 last year, where he was charged with six counts relating to drug supply and firearm offences.
But Strike Force Rupas detectives attended Silverwater Jail again last week and charged Mr Lawton with three fresh counts, which he will face in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday.
They include supplying a large commercial quantity of ecstasy after police allegedly found nearly 5000 tablets weighing 893 grams inside a wall cavity within a Speers Point waterfront property he had only began renting five days before his arrest.
He has also been charged with supplying 142 grams of methylamphetamine, also known as ice.
Police allege Mr Lawton was the head of a Newcastle-based drug syndicate.
Strike Force Rupas has charged at least 40 people over drug supply across the Hunter region.