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Black Uhlans bikie given prison threat

Karen Matthews

May 7th, 2010


BLACK Uhlans sergeant-at-arms, Tasman Marell has been given a six month suspended jail sentence after being convicted on drugs and weapons charges.

The sentence means the bikie gang member will have to keep a clean slate for the next 18 months if he wants to avoid time behind bars.

Marell, 36, of Kalimna St, Hamlyn Heights, pleaded guilty in Geelong Magistrates' Court yesterday to charges of possessing amphetamines and ectsacy, three counts of possessing a prohibited weapon, being an unlicensed person in possession of ammunition, failing to properly secure ammunition and a range of driving offences.

Police Prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Kerrie Moroney said that about 7.50am on January 23, last year police saw Marell driving erratically in an unregistered car through Geelong's central business district.

During a search of Marell's pockets police found two plastic zip lock bags, one containing 10 grams of amphetamine and the other containing two grams of amphetamines.

Sen-Constable Moroney said Marell was also in possession of $1430 cash.

The prosecutor said that during a search of Marell's car police found a knuckle-duster and slingshot underneath the driver's seat.

Marell was convicted on all counts and sentenced to six months' jail suspended for 18 months.

He was also placed on a 12-month Community Based Order with 100 hours of unpaid community work.




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