Dealer busted after helping out mate

HE answered the last minute call-up to supply 50 ecstasy tabletsafter his mate forgot that he was due in court.
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But for Morpeth’s Blake Bambach, 21, showing up to a pub car park in Broadmeadow with 50 tablets, known as “white ladies”,would prove to be his downfall after he was detected by a police strike force dismantling Hunter drug supply syndicates.

Bambach pleaded guiltyto supplying an indictablequantity of ecstasy in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday.

He was committed for sentence to Newcastle District Court next month.

Text messages between one of Bambach’s matesand another man, which were intercepted by police, reveal his mateintended to supply 50 MDMA tablets, known as“pink hearts”, on January 16 last year.

Bambach’s mate, who has been charged by police and is still before the courts, allegedly said he would purchase the tablets for $20 each and sell them for $25 or $30 per tablet, court documents state.

But the day before the pair were supposed to meet, Bambach’s matesent a message to the buyer.

“Ijust remembered I won’t be able to make it tomorrow,” the text message says.

“I have court. “But I have organised my mate to meet up with you in Newy to give you the pills. “He’s the one I get them off anyway.”

In another text message Bambach’smatesays: “Only thing is I won’t be able to get you the hearts.

“But we’ll have fifty of the white ladies.

“They’re good.

“I had one last night and I’m still a bit out of it.”

A short time later Bambach texted the buyer saying: “What time do you wanna meet tomorrow for the roundies?”, court documents state.

The pair organised to meet in the car park of the Sunnyside Tavern on Broadmeadow Road, court documents stated.

Bambach showed up in a green Toyota Pradowith another friend and was monitored by police as heexchanged 50 MDMA tablets for $1000.

Court documents state the tablets were white and embossed with a female emblem.

The tablets were seized and an analysis revealed they were 9.74 grams of 16.5 per cent purity MDMA.

Bambach and his two mates were arrested in September last year and charged with drug supply offences.

The other two men are due to next appear in Newcastle Local Court on February 3.

Strike Force Rupas was formed by Newcastle police in August, 2014 to target the supply of MDMA and ice in the Hunter.

The head of one of the allegedsyndicates busted by police, Beau Lawton, appeared in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesdaycharged with three fresh offences, including supplying a large commercial quantity of ecstasy which attracts a maximum jail term of life imprisonment.

He did not enter any pleas or apply for bail.

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