Police seized buckets full of ice from the Gladesville apartment. Photo: NSW Police Bektash Keshavarzi is accused of bring a major drug supplier to the north shore and inner west. Photo: YouTube
The Artarmon apartment block where Bektash Keshavarzi was arrested. Photo: Supplied
It was a water leak at an empty unit in Ryde that undid accused drug dealer Bektash Keshavarzi.
Police were aware of “suspicious” comings and goings from the unit on Watts Street, and they were able to enter when residents reported water dripping into a downstairs unit in July.
According to police allegations summarised in the NSW Supreme Court on Tuesday, investigators discovered the unit was leased to Mr Keshavarzi – an unemployed bodybuilder – under a false name, and they found nothing but several safes inside.
From there, police began to monitor his movements to other units in Sydney’s north.
Earlier this month, detectives raided Mr Keshavarzi’s residence in Mowbray Road, Artarmon, where they allegedly found false identity documents and more than $12,000 in cash.
Prosecutors told the court that when police searched a unit in Meriton Street, Gladesville, they found 88 kilograms of methamphetamine, or ice, 74 kilograms of MDMA, $330,090 in cash, along with large quantities of pseudoephedrine and testosterone.
He is charged with manufacture large commercial quantity of methylamphetamine, supply large commercial quantity of MDMA, and fraud offences.
Police documents previously tendered in court alleged that he allegedly made 90 kilograms of ice at the Gladesville apartment between late September and December.
He also allegedly supplied 20 kilograms of ecstasy from the apartment on December 8, the same day he was arrested.
The 31-year-old was granted conditional bail, with $1 million security, in the local court last week, but the DPP applied to the NSW Supreme Court for his continued detention.
His barrister, Avni Djemal, told the court that although there was a case against his client, there were questions about whether he had “carriage and control” of the drugs found in the Gladesville unit.
Mr Djemal said there was no forensic evidence linking him to the drugs, and no evidence he had a swipe card or a key to the property.
“I don’t deny there’s a circumstantial case to make, but there’s no forensic evidence that he’s touched any drugs or any drug bags,” he said.
Mr Keshavarzi was allegedly captured on security cameras coming and going from the unit with another man, and a tracking device police attached to a van registered in his name showed he was in the vicinity of the units every day in the week before his arrest.
Justice Des Fagan noted the police allege Mr Keshavarzi was found with false identity documents, which could suggest he is a flight risk.
The judge will hand down his decision on Wednesday.
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