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Police seize 1700 MDMA tablets after man falls from boat

Detectives searched Richard Roy Anthony Williams’ home at The Entrance on Tuesday. Photo: Newcastle HeraldA man allegedly found with 1700 MDMA tablets in a runabout on Lake Macquarie came to the attention of police after he fell into the water.

Richard Roy Anthony Williams, 38, of The Entrance, was found dripping wet near the boat ramp at Mannering Park about 9.40am on Monday, The Newcastle Herald reports.

Police were initially called in relation to a “concern for welfare” after a member of the public saw Mr Williams fall into the water, police said.

But after determining Mr Williams may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs, police organised for Roads and Maritime Services to tow the tinny to shore.

Police searched the boat and allegedly uncovered 1700 MDMA tablets, which police said had an estimated street value of $35,000.

Police also allegedly seized one gram of amphetamine and 15 grams of cannabis as well as the runabout.

Mr Williams was later charged with supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and three counts of possession of a prohibited drug.

He was due to appear in Wyong Local Court on Tuesday but did not come up from the courthouse cells.

His solicitor Marc Riviere did not apply for bail on his behalf and it was formally refused.

The matter was adjourned until December 16 when Mr Williams is expected to make a bail application.

After the matter was mentioned in court, Tuggerah Lakes detectives searched Mr Williams’ house in Lakeside Parade at The Entrance, where they allegedly seized another quantity of MDMA or ecstasy.

Tuggerah Lakes police Chief Inspector Col Lott said officers also searched a yacht, moored at Mannering Park, but did not find anything of interest.

Chief Inspector Lott said police were not sure if Mr Williams was heading to or coming from the yacht when he fell in the water. Tuggerah Lakes Chief Inspector Col Lott talks about yesterday’s drug arrest @newcastleheraldpic.twitter杭州龙凤论坛m/a69x0qkwwi— Sam Rigney (@SamRigney) December 8, 2015

“Somebody saw him fall in the water, it was initially called in as a concern for welfare,” Chief Inspector Lott said.

Chief Inspector Lott said a drug haul of that size was “very concerning” for police given the recent deaths at Stereosonic music festivals.

“We are very conscious of drug use at the moment and to know that quantity of drugs is in this area, obviously it’s not for personal use, so we’re in the business of shutting down that sort of business,” he said. Chief Inspector Lott part 2 @newcastleheraldpic.twitter杭州龙凤论坛m/8Ttzeqfd4o— Sam Rigney (@SamRigney) December 8, 2015

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