Drug case delayed by lab

A BACKLOG of work at the Department of Analytical Laboratories in Sydney is delaying court action against a Dubbo woman facing six charges under the drug misuse and trafficking act.

Lisa McGuiness was arrested in August after detectives raided a house in Howard Avenue, West Dubbo.

Police seized a range of prescription medications, more than 100 tablets alleged to be the prohibited drug methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), a quantity of a substance alleged to be crystal methamphetamine (commonly known as ice) and 18 tablets of the restricted anabolic or androgenic steroidal agent Gabapentin.

McGuiness was charged with knowingly taking part in the supply of prohibited drugs, allowing a home to be used as drug premises, drug possession and exposing a child to drugs.

Dubbo Local Court has been told fast-track analysis orders previously made by Magistrate Andrew Eckhold were yet to be met.

"The laboratories have received a large number of fast-track requests,'' a prosecutor from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions said.

"We have been told analytical examinations cannot be completed until mid-Feburary.''

The prosecutor said reports from the Department of Analytical Laboratories were crucial to the case against McGuiness.

The prosecutor said the remainder of the brief of evidence had been completed.

Magistrate Eckhold said delays at the analytical laboratories "were a matter for the government of the day''.

"Resources are what they are,'' the magistrate said.

All charges were adjourned to March 6. Bail was continued.

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