Salim Mehajer Charged With Peddling Prescription Pills
Disgraced Sydney businessman Salim Mehajer has been charged with supplying prohibited prescription drugs, including the sedative Xanax.
Police allegedly found more than 200 anxiety and painkiller pills at the property developer's lavish Lidcombe home during a raid in November 2017.
The 31-year-old was hit with the fresh charges at Burwood Local Court on Wednesday where he was facing allegations he staged a car crash and defrauded an insurance company.
Officers allegedly discovered 50 alprazolam tablets -- commonly known as Xanax -- and 174 tablets of Endone and Targin at Mehajer's mansion on November 8.
He's been charged with two counts of possessing and one count of supplying a prohibited drug.
The former Auburn deputy mayor, who has already thrice been denied bail, was expected to appear via video link from prison in court but was delayed.
He is due to make a fourth bid for bail on Thursday in the NSW Supreme Court.
In October, Mehajer was on his way to face court on charges over the assault of a taxi driver when his Mercedes collided with another car at an intersection in Lidcombe, allegedly days after he'd insured it for more than $150,000.
Mehajer was freed by firefighters and taken to hospital but his passenger and the two female occupants of the other vehicle were not injured. Six of his co-accused who are charged with conspiring with each other and Mehajer to cheat and defraud an insurer also faced court on Wednesday.
Mehajer's business associate Ahmed Jaghbir, who is under house arrest, faced court alongside Elias Moufferrige, Fakaha Ki Malinda Moufferrige and Nora Anne Bush, while a lawyer represented Rafi Noori.
Michael Moufferrige, who is in custody, also appeared via video link.
Mehajer has already faced court this week on charges of dangerous driving and stalking or intimidating his estranged wife.
Less than three years after their lavish wedding made headlines for shutting down western Sydney streets, Mehajer continues to fight several legal battles including allegedly breaching an AVO taken out by his ex-partner.
He was declared bankrupt last week by a Federal Court Circuit judge and he awaits a verdict next month on electoral fraud charges.
In February, Mehajer was found guilty of assaulting a television reporter when he slammed his car door on her arm, and earlier this month he was placed on a good behaviour bond for the April 2017 cabbie attack.