A paraplegic who is allegedly a drug dealer nicknamed ‘Hot Wheels‘ hid methamphetamines in socks while receiving treatment at Royal Perth Hospital, a court has heard.
Ryan James Salton appeared in the District Court of Western Australia in a hospital bed on Wednesday, charged with several offences including possessing drugs with intent to sell or supply.
The charges relate to three incidents between September and November 2011 when police allegedly found Salton in possession of several drugs including including cannabis, cocaine, methamphetamine and a cutting agent known as ‘MSM’.
Prosecutor Robert Wilson said mobile phones believed to belong to Salton contained text messages that showed he was involved in the drug trade.The court heard one of the texts asked for ‘tick’ and said they knew they were good for it because ‘you guys scare the f out of me’.
Mr. Wilson said when police visited Salton in hospital, they allegedly found four bags of methamphetamine hidden in socks in his tracksuit pants as well as a ‘sweet puff’ pipe.
The same type of pipe was found at a Morley house Salton was renting,
Mr Wilson said.Before the hospital incident, police found Salton in bed next to a toiletry bag containing his personal belongings and several drugs at a separate Morley house where Salton was also believed to be living, the court heard.It is alleged electronic scales, a gun and a CCTV system that monitored access to the building were also found at the house, as well as $5000 in a wheelchair.
Salton’s defence lawyer did not give an opening statement.
The trial continues.