Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Bail for Sex Shop Owner

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Bail for Sex Shop Owner

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Geoff Egan

APN NEWSDESK

A MAN accused of running a synthetic cannabis ring out of regional Queensland adult shops has been granted bail on the condition he have nothing to do with the business.

The Brisbane Supreme Court heard David Andre Jules Piccinato allegedly sold synthetic cannabis under the counter of Love Heart adult shops in Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Mackay and calling them "tea".

He is accused of starting to sell the drugs in 2011, before they were illegal, but they were banned in 2013 and he allegedly continued to sell them until January 2015.

Mr Piccinato has been in jail since January 14 when he was arrested.

Crown prosecutor Sarah Dennis said after the product was made illegal, Mr Piccinato had a meeting with some high ranking employees at the Brisbane airport.

She said although a number said they were uncomfortable selling the drug, Mr Piccinato told them it was keeping the business afloat and if staff did not sell it they would be fired. …

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