BREAKING NEWS: Alleged drugs, weapons dealers denied bail

MARIO Antonio Laspina and Richard Thomas Fulmer both had bail refused in Orange Local Court on Thursday morning after they were arrested during raids on properties at Pinnacle and Shiralee Roads on Wednesday.

Laspina, 51, is facing 59 charges of supplying and possessing drugs and selling prohibited weapons, while Fulmer, 64, is charged with 14 counts of illegally supplying  firearms and one drug charge.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Monica Howard opposed bail for both men, saying Laspina had a long history of cultivation and supplying drugs and was a flight risk.

Laspina's solicitor Tim Dalla asked magistrate Terry Lucas to impose a non-publication ban on the men's names, saying the attention in the media was prejudicial to the case.

Fulmer's solicitor Philip Boncardo, in applying for bail, asked the court to take into consideration his client's age and that he was sole carer for his wife, who is on oxygen and needs constant care.

He also said his client could post a significant surety of up to $30,000.

Neither man entered pleas to the charges.

Mr Lucas, while refusing Fulmer bail, has requested Mr Boncardo come back to the court on Friday with medical evidence supporting his submission Fulmer should be out on bail to care for his wife.

The magistrate denied the applications of both solicitors for a supression order to be granted on the publication of the men's names.

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