Accused ice dealer denied bail: court

A Bellambi man, charged with 69 counts of supplying drugs and likely to face a further 100, has been described as a "prolific" ice dealer, netting thousands of dollars from selling drugs, Wollongong Local Court has heard.

Dani Bacha is accused of distributing drugs between Coledale and Wollongong, making nearly 70 transactions in one week last November.

Opposing the 39-year-old's application for bail yesterday, prosecutor Sergeant Shannon Ryan said there was a need to protect the community.

"This is a very serious matter; the totality of the criminality shows a significant custodial sentence is likely."

Police from the Wollongong Drug Unit started investigating Bacha late last year, allegedly discovering he was responsible for a prolific number of street sales of ice.

It is alleged Bacha traded more than 30 grams of methamphetamine for nearly $16,000 cash between November 16 and 22 last year.

Officers arrested Bacha on Tuesday, stopping his car outside Towradgi Beach Hotel. He was searched and allegedly found with a bag of ice between his butt cheeks.

He was charged with dozens of counts of supplying drugs, along with one count each of supplying drugs on an ongoing basis and dealing with the proceeds of crime.

Solicitor Paul Paine, acting for Bacha, told the court there was no way to assess the strength of the case against his client as little detail had been provided about the police operation or detection of the drug supply.

He said Bacha could provide a cash surety, had strong community ties and needed medical treatment.

Magistrate Michael Stoddart refused bail and adjourned the matter to April 10.

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