Senior Rebel cyclist arrested after alleged drug bust in Canberra outback

One of Canberra’s most senior bikers has been charged with drug trafficking after police allegedly found cocaine, cash and a pair of brass knuckles in his unit in the north.

John Donald Wright, 46, appeared in ACT Magistrates Court this morning charged with drug trafficking, possession of a prohibited weapon and failing to comply with a legal order to unlock electronic devices.

The rebel vice president, also known as John Winchester, was arrested by detectives from Taskforce Nemesis, who plopped on the high-ranking cyclist as he was sitting in a car on Mort Street in Braddon, near Canberra’s city centre.

Taskforce Nemesis is the anti-gang unit of ACT Policing.

Mr Wright was released on bail on strict terms in court today, despite objections from the prosecution.

The outside of the court, with the plate and crest.
Mr Wright stood before the ACT Magistrates Court Friday morning.(ABC News: Ian Cutmore)

Drugs in socks and brass knuckles in fruit bowl, police say

A statement of fact presented to the court Friday morning said detectives took Mr. Wright to a unit after his arrest and executed a search warrant.

They are said to have hidden 60 grams of a white substance suspected of being cocaine in a sock in a bedroom and under a sink.

Police also said they seized electronic scales and a pair of brass knuckles in a fruit bowl, in addition to two phones that Mr Wright allegedly refused to unlock.

In court, prosecutor Sam Bargwanna said police expected to obtain a court order to force Mr Wright to open the phones.

Bargwanna told the court that police suspected the phones would reveal information about the alleged drug trade.

Despite objections from Mr Bargwanna, Magistrate James Lawton granted Mr Wright bail on strict terms.

He will return to court next month.


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