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Ice Breakers facilitator fronts court on 15 meth dealing charges

An Albany man accused of dealing methamphetamine while he was the facilitator of the Ice Breakers drug rehabilitation program has made a brief first appearance in court today.

Craig Raymond Golding, 39, was not required to plead to 15 counts of offering to sell or supply methamphetamine when he fronted Albany Magistrates Court this morning.

Mr Golding was charged by Albany detectives following a search warrant on a Spencer Park home earlier this month where police allege they found an amount of illicit drugs and other items of interest.

The court heard Mr Golding allegedly offered to sell or supply methamphetamine on 15 occasions from August 23 to October 12 this year.

Eight counts allegedly occurred in August, five in September and two in October.

Mr Golding acknowledged he understood the 15 charges before his defence lawyer indicated he would be applying for Legal Aid and therefore requested a six week adjournment for legal advice.

Prosecuting Sergeant Alan Dean told the court police would be making an application for the charges to be heard in the district court at Mr Golding’s next court appearance.

Last week the State Government publicly backed Ice Breakers, a ground-breaking non-residential 12-week program run by recovering methamphetamine addicts which focusses on education and cognitive behavioural therapy housed by Albany PCYC since 2015.

The State Government’s funding commitment of $360,000 to a two-year trial of the program began in 2017 and is set to conclude at the end of the financial year, before it is reviewed.

Mr Golding will next appear in Albany Magistrates Court on January 31. His bail was renewed.

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