Drugs defendant alleges a set-up

A PORT Stephens man facing trial for supplying a commercial quantity of LSD will argue that he was set up by a bitter drug dealer who was raided by police days earlier, a Newcastle District Court jury was told on Tuesday.

Police found cannabis, amphetamines, methylamphetamine and thousands of tabs of LSD when they searched Stephen Finch’s Pindimar home on the evening of September 1, 2010, Crown prosecutor Wayne Creasey told the jury.

Mr Finch, 47, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of supplying drugs including a charge of supplying a large commercial quantity of the hallucinogenic.

His barrister, Michael Pickin, told the jury that Mr Finch was a drug user who had a cannabis and methylamphetamine habit in 2010, but another man was responsible for most of the drugs found in the house.

That man was angry and agitated after his property was raided by police and his dog was shot three or four days before Mr Finch’s home was searched, Mr Pickin said.

The man was charged with serious drug offences after police uncovered a hydroponic cannabis operation, but the man was released on bail and went to Mr Finch’s home where he accused Mr Finch of ‘‘giving him up’’.

The man said he would shoot the police if his dog died and Mr Finch was worried about the man before they drank some alcohol and smoked some cannabis together.

The man left the LSD and some of the other drugs at Mr Finch’s home after asking him to hold onto them, Mr Pickin said.

The man then went to the police on September 1 and ‘‘told them certain things’’ before they obtained a warrant to search Mr Finch’s home, Mr Pickin said.

Mr Creasey said Mr Finch was seen to run from the front of the house to the rear after police announced their arrival at 5pm that day.

In total, police seized eight grams of amphetamine, 139grams of methylamphetamine and thousands of paper and cardboard tabs of LSD weighing 107grams.

The trial before Judge Peter Berman continues.

Stephen Finch.