Accused Uber drug driver granted bail

Cannabis Training University

AN UBER driver charged with having 48kg of marijuana in the boot of his car has been granted bail by a Toowoomba magistrate.

Van Hung Du, 55, and Viet Dung Do, 33, were pulled over by Stanthorpe police on the New England Highway near Ballandean on Tuesday afternoon.

Police claim they found three suitcases containing 48kg of packaged marijuana in the boot of of the Lexus sedan.

The marijuana had an estimated street value of about $318,000, police claimed.

Do did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody.

However, Du applied for bail before Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Wednesday claiming he had simply been hired by the other man to drive him from Sydney to Brisbane and that he had no idea what was in the suitcases put in the boot of the car by Do.

Du remained in custody until duty solicitor Phil Stainton made a further application for bail yesterday.

Mr Stainton said his client was born in Vietnam but had been in Australia for 28 years where he was a permanent resident with an Australian passport.

His client worked for Uber as well as having his own drive hire business and it was in that capacity that he had been hired to drive the other man to Queensland, he said.

Du, who had no criminal history at all, had been a professional driver in Sydney for 20 years, had operated a restaurant in Bondi for three years and generally had a good work record since coming to Australia.

His client had lived with his de facto wife of 12 years in the Sydney suburb of Canley Vale and both had children either studying or working in the Sydney area, he said.

Du's car and mobile phone had been seized by police, the court heard.

Mr Stainton submitted there was no police evidence that his client knew what was in the bags placed in the boot of the car by his client's passenger.

Neither accused man has as yet been required to enter any pleas to charges of possessing a dangerous drug in a quantity exceeding Schedule 3 and possessing anything used in the commission of a crime (mobile phone).

Magistrate Graham Lee said the allegations were very serious but in the circumstances he was prepared to grant Du bail with strict conditions.

Mr Lee remanded Du on bail on condition he surrender his passport to police before he was released from custody and not go within 100m of an Australian port of departure, reside at his address in Canley Vale, report to Cabramatta police once a week and have no contact whatsoever with the co-accused Do.

Du's case was adjourned for committal mention back in the same court on August 21.

Do's case will next be mentioned in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on June 29.

Topics:  bail application court marijuana toowoomba

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Dogs herd a tough flock for state trials

TOUGH FLOCK: Traprock farmer Dan Bougoure during the Queensland Supreme Sheep Dog Trials in Stanthorpe.

The Queensland Supreme Sheep Dog Trials have been marked a success

GALLERY: Top police dedication honoured

WELL DONE: Detective Senior Constable Michael Hauff is given the Detective's Appointment and Gold Badge by southern region Assistant Commissioner Tony Wright.

The tone was one of celebration at an awards ceremony in Stanthorpe

Countdown is on for Snowflakes in Stanthorpe

COOL PLANS: Lenell Storey with one of the banners created by primary students ahead of Snowflakes in Stanthorpe.

Snowflakes in Stanthorpe is just eight days away

Local Partners

Are Stanthorpe's frosty bragging rights secure?

Some fear Stanthorpe's cool accolade could be at risk if weather data isn't secured

Country music stars coming to Ipswich

Ipswich will get it's country on when The Country Superstars Tribute Show hits town on Friday, June 30 at Brothers Leagues Club.

A UNIQUE tribute show will bring a bit of country into the city.

Shoes make difference to kids in Zambia

MANY SHOES: Toowoomba Grammar School's Adrian Irwin and Fairholme College's Libby Stumer with shoes collected for children in Zambia.

Students are making a difference, creating a new project

Chance to own a piece of Burke and Wills history

Burke and Wills venue manager Jodie Spence. The hotel which has closed to begin major renovations, will be having a sale Sunday June 18 of all furniture which includes, lamps, beds, paintings, blankets.

Vintage lovers and antique collectors are in for a treat

Rapper accidentally drops Banksy's real name in interview

THE shine might just have been taken off bling-toothed British rapper Goldie after he appeared to have revealed the identity of mysterious artist Banksy.

Mariah Carey slammed for on-set antics

Mariah Carey’s cameo in the movie The House was reportedly scrapped.

Actor spills the beans on Mariah’s “borderline abusive” behaviour.

Celebrity chef Darren Simpson dead after long illness

Celebrity chef Darren Simpson has died.

Celebrity chef died after battle with an alcohol-related illness

Ellen shames audience member

Ellen shamed an audience member who stole from her gift shop.

TALK show host catches audience member stealing from her gift shop.

Millionaire’s riches to rags experiment

Businessman Tim Guest swapped his comfortable lifestyle for 10 days to experience what it is like to be homeless.

Businessman discovers harsh realities of homelessness in new series.

Prince Harry says young royals don't want to take the throne

Britain's Prince Harry.

Prince Harry says young royals don't want to take the throne

Rebel Wilson to give away her defamation payout

Actor Wilson says she won't keep a cent of her defamation payout

Open for inspection: Coast homes go on show

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Residents powerless to stop Airbnb ‘party houses’

A photo of a bucks party at a short-term rental in the Watergate Apartments in Melbourne’s Docklands, presented to a Victorian parliamentary committee into changes to laws governing short-stay accommodation.

Residents band together to fight the rise of AirBnB 'party houses'

Mining giants in fight that could spell disaster for NQ town

STAND OFF: There are perfectly good homes for workers, but mining company QCoal could be forced to build a camp and the deserted streets and empty houses of Glenden would remain.

How two mining companies could ruin this small town

Home owners settling to make way for Mackay Ring Road

The Clarkson family's home was moved just down the road from their former land at Stotts Road, Te Kowai, which was resumed by TMR.

But some are still clinging on, fighting for a better deal

Three historic M'boro hotels on the market

The Lamington Hotel Motel, Maryborough. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Three historic Maryborough hotels are on the market.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!