Canberra Rebels vice-president John Donald George Wright, 46, leaves court after being granted bail. Photo: Albert McKnight.
A leading figure of a Canberra bikie gang has been charged with drug and weapon offences after police allegedly found cocaine in his home and knuckle dusters in his fruit bowl.
John Donald George Wright, 46, was granted bail in the ACT Magistrates Court on Friday (26 November) after being charged with trafficking cocaine, possessing a prohibited weapon and failing to comply with an order made by a magistrate.
Court documents show he recently told police he was vice-president in the Canberra chapter of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang.
Other documents tendered to the court show Wright, who is also known as John Donald Winchester, was arrested while sitting in a Nissan X-Trail at about 8:15 pm on Thursday (25 November).
Police then raided his unit in Braddon, allegedly finding bags of what they suspect to be cocaine in a sock as well as under the kitchen sink, about $15,000 in cash and a set of knuckle dusters in a fruit bowl.
They also asked him to give them passwords so they could access two mobile phones, which they had been permitted to do by a magistrate, but he allegedly refused.
His lawyer, Charlene Chalker-Harris from Aulich, argued for him to be released on bail, saying the allegations in the charges were towards the lower end of seriousness and it was not inevitable he would get a custodial sentence.