Death metal musician refused bail after arrest for drug supply

The lead guitarist of an Orange-based death metal band has been refused bail in Orange Local Court after being arrested on nine drugs charges.

Lead guitarist of the Infested Entrails, Lyndon Southwell, 34 of Sir Neville Howse Place was one of 13 people arrested and charged over a cannabis and methamphetamine dealing syndicate in NSW.

He was arrested as a result of a Central West police operation, Strike Force Foment, which was carried out in Orange, Parkes and Forbes.

Information from that operation led to an investigation into the ongoing supply of prohibited drugs in the Illawarra region.

Southwell was arrested at home on March 22 after police arrived at 7.50am with a search warrant.

He was initially refused bail at Orange Local Court on March 23 and he was again refused bail when he appeared before magistrate David Day in Orange Local Court on Monday.

His charges include supplying an indictable quantity of cannabis, but less than a commercial quantity, seven other supply charges for smaller quantities and a charge of possessing a prohibited drug.

During the bail hearing on Monday, police prosecutor Sergeant Beau Riley said if found guilty Southwell faced a custodial sentence. 

“I do note he has a limited history, however this is a very serious offence,” Sergeant Riley said.

Southwell’s solicitor Gerry Stapleton said his client had a lesser role than others who were arrested.

He said the charges all related to cannabis and if he was refused bail, his client would face a considerable time in custody while waiting for the matter to be finalised through court proceedings.

Mr Stapleton said his client had also never been in custody before and it was not certain that if sentenced he would be given a full-time in jail.

Southwell is yet to enter a plea for the drugs charges.