One of the two brothers police allege were part of a sophisticated Hunter drug syndicate has been charged with an additional offence of possessing a prohibited drug.
Brett Robert Pearce, was arrested last month with four other men in relation to the supply of large quantities of cocaine and the potentially deadly industrial solvent Butanediol, an alternative to party drug GHB.
The 33-year-old was allegedly involved in the refinement and attempted manufacture of Butanediol, or Bute, into Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB), a popular and potentially deadly party drug known as liquid fantasy or liquid ecstasy, at his home at Wangi Wangi.
A controlled substance, Butanediol, is legitimately used as a cleaning agent but when it is ingested by users their livers turn the Bute into GHB.
But as the process is slower, users often take a second or third dose - resulting in a massive number of overdoses.
Detectives also allege that Brett Pearce was working as a drug courier for his brother, Matthew Shane Pearce, 35, of Cameron Park, earning $2000 for every trip he made to Sydney.
Brett Pearce is accused of supplying large quantities of cocaine and Butanediol, participating in a criminal group and knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime to a total of $86,000.
Pearce, who appeared via videolink from Long Bay Jail, unsuccessfully applied for bail in Toronto Local Court on Friday.
The court was also informed that he faced a new charge of possessing 13.5 kilograms of Butanediol.
In applying for bail, Defence solicitor James Janke told the court that Pearce had never previously been in custody and posed no threat to the community.
But police argued Pearce represented a significant flight risk and faced 15 years jail if found guilty of the offences.
Magistrate Alan Railton refused bail noting the strength of the prosecution case against Pearce.
“It’s an extremely strong case,” Magistrate Railton said.
“The police facts suggest that he was more than just a courier, he was referred to as the ‘cook’.
Pearce and another co-accused were arrested during a alleged drug transaction.
Those arrests triggered raids across the Hunter and Sydney as police searched homes at Cameron Park, Mayfield, Wangi Wangi, and Rose Bay and allegedly seized large quantities of cocaine, GHB and cash.
Police allegedly uncovered and then dismantled a clandestine drug laboratory at Pearce’s Wangi Wangi home.
Pearce will reappear at Toronto Local Court on February 19.