As fast as Mark "Bomber" Thompson appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday afternoon, he was gone again.
The former AFL premiership coach applied to adjourn his case until June 28 at one of the court counters.
He then bolted down the front steps of the court in an effort to avoid the media pack that had been hanging around for him all morning and ducked into a waiting car.
Mr Thompsons home, a converted warehouse property in Port Melbourne, was raided on January 5.
Inside, police allege they found an array of illicit substances and drug paraphernalia in areas of the apartment including a security-coded room filled with Cats memorabilia.
Substances allegedly found in Mr Thompsons bedroom area included 134.6 grams of MDMA, 5½ Xanax tablets and methamphetamine, as well as two sets of digital scales, eight hard drives, four ice pipes and a shoe box filled with clear resealable bags.
In a magnetic box in a shared mezzanine area, police allege they found eight clear bags containing 33.1 grams of crystal meth, 5.6 grams of ephedrine, one LSD tab and three white capsules.
Down the highway at the Geelong Magistrates Court on Friday three of Mr Thompsons co-accused – Thomas Windsor, Katia Drcec and Andrew Ng, appeared via video link.
Mr Ng, whos facing 91 charges relating to the falsification of documents, will return to court on June 22 for a plea hearing.
Mr Windsor, who is said to have been living with the former AFL coach at the time of the raid, will have his case relocated to Melbourne for a committal hearing in July, the same date as Ms Drcec and alleged operation leader Karlos Holt.
Mr Holt has been charged with trafficking a commercial quantity of methamphetamine and amphetamine and was the first to be arrested alongside his girlfriend Ms Drcec.
When police arrested Mr Windsor in Lara on January 5 he was driving a rented orange Toyota Corolla. Inside was a parking ticket that had been issued in Mr Thompsons Port Melbourne street.
Mr Thompsons lawyer David Hallowes said the charges would be vigorously denied and his client needed to be released on bail to allow him to work interstate at times.
There is nothing about this case that is concrete.
The premiership coach was released on bail, while facing seven charges, including trafficking ecstasy and ice.
On a note found in the home, police allege names were written down next to large sums of money.
Detective Senior Constable Naomi Bourke told Melbourne Magistrates Court in May that police would allege the name "Bomb" on the records had referred to Mr Thompson, "Tatts" to his housemate Thomas Windsor and "Bang" to another co-accused Karl "Bang Bang" Holt.
Erin covers crime for The Age. Most recently she was a police reporter at the Geelong Advertiser.
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