Broncos Star’s Brother Seeks Bail After $1m Drug Smuggling Charge


This week, Zeda Haas, brother to Brisbane Broncos’ celebrated star, Payne Haas, will contend for his discharge from custody after being indicted on the charge of trying to smuggle $1m worth of illicit substances into NSW.

Haas, only 19, has spent the last month in custody, following his arrest during a vehicular inquiry near Newcastle. The police claim to have found approximately 1.8 kg of methamphetamine—worth an estimated $1m—in the vehicle that Haas was driving.

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Haas, the junior sibling of famed Broncos and NSW front-rower Payne Haas, is facing charges of trafficking a commercial quantity of a controlled substance and participating in the distribution of a proscribed drug of a significant commercial quantity.

In a prior related incident, Australian Border Force agents intercepted two packages from the United States, which contained an aggregate of 4 kg of methamphetamine—with a staggering street value of $3.5m.

Maintained in custody on judicial interim since his apprehension, Haas was denied bail following his appearance at Maitland Local Court. His counsel is currently petitioning the NSW Supreme Court for his provisional release on bail.

The issue saw a fleeting mention in the court on Monday morning. A rescheduled appearance by Haas is expected in court on Wednesday where his counsel will request the grant of bail. The court hearing is predicted to span approximately 45 minutes.

Previously, the court was briefed that Haas’ lawyers were pressing for an expedited bail hearing due to this being his initial time in custody and the exacerbating mental health condition of his partner.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.