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Accused Canberra cocaine trafficker caught in undercover sting

A 27-year-old Canberra man who allegedly supplied cocaine and MDMA to an undercover police officer has been refused bail.

Rory Coghlan was arrested on Friday night after he allegedly supplied 40 capsules believed to contain MDMA to the officer in a Kingston car park in exchange for $600. 

A police search of the defendant shortly after 8.40pm allegedly found another four capsules, court documents said.

The defendant also allegedly supplied the officer, via a clip seal bag with a Ned Kelly motif, about 1 gram of a white powder purported to be cocaine in Petrie Plaza in Civic late on Thursday.

The defendant, who received $370 for the earlier supply, had been under telecommunications surveillance by police for about a week after a warrant was issued by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on January 29, court documents said.

He had told the undercover officer he was better at supplying MDMA than cocaine, the documents said.

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Bail was opposed by prosecutor David Swann in the ACT Magistrates Court on Saturday due largely to fears the defendant would interfere with evidence. 

A police informant told the court the defendant had been seen to be involved in a number of short interactions in the surrounds of a city nightclub on January 29 and 30 which police believed to be illicit drug transactions.

The defendant had told him he had no fixed address but was staying with a friend in Kambah, the informant said. 

Mr Swan said if the defendant was released on bail there was a risk he would seek to dispose of drug paraphernalia or drugs and talk to people who may have assisted him in the alleged crimes.

The offences carried a maximum punishment of 10 years' jail and it was an "overwhelmingly strong case", Mr Swan said.  

Magistrate Robert Cook said there was a serious risk of the defendant interfering with evidence, and refused bail. No pleas were entered. 

The matter returns to court on February 26 when the defendant is expected to enter a plea.