Vic woman bailed over $1.5m drug find

Melissa Iaria

A Melbourne woman who believed her boyfriend was involved in something "dodgy" when police found $1.5 million worth of ice in their car has been bailed because a judge thinks the case against her is weak.

Beatrice Chang, 24, was freed on a $230,000 surety on Tuesday on serious drug charges.

The dual Malaysian and Australian citizen, and her boyfriend Michael Ung were intercepted on January 24 and found to have 6kg of ice hidden in the car's back seat, a previous hearing was told.

When police quizzed the pair on whether there were drugs in the car, Chang replied: "Yeah, there might be," adding: "I've been suspecting him for a while."

Chang, of Ferntree Gully, is charged with trafficking and possessing a large commercial quantity of methylamphetamine.

The animal science graduate allegedly thought her boyfriend was involved in drugs and that this was why they went on numerous road trips to Sydney.

On their most recent trip, they met a man in a park on Sydney's outskirts and Chang's boyfriend went to the rear of the car and told her to stay inside.

Chang questioned her boyfriend about her suspicions of his drug involvement, but he always told her "not to worry", police allege.

Supreme Court Justice Michael Croucher on Tuesday found Chang's case amounted to exceptional circumstances and released her on strict conditions, including no contact with her co-accused boyfriend and daily reporting to police.

Justice Croucher said the prosecution case against her was weak and he was not satisfied she posed a flight risk.

He also took into account her youth, family support and clean record, and an expected delay of 18 months before going to trial.

Chang will next appear at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on April 19.