ONE of Australia’s top real estate agents, who is potentially facing up to 25-years in jail for the alleged trafficking of the deadly drug “ice”, has been granted bail provided he undergo intensive drug rehabilitation.
A Brisbane Supreme Court judge on Thursday granted Patrick “Ryan” McCann bail while awaiting trial on 34 serious drug offences and granted him permission to return to work, most likely as a real estate agent.
McCann, 36, a high-flying former LJ Hooker agent earning as much as $100,000 a month in property commissions, has been held at Wacol’s Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre since police raided his Cleveland home, on Brisbane’s bayside, in September.
It is alleged McCann bought and sold large quantities of methylamphetamine — known in drug circles as ice — to at least “three associates’’ from his home between August 1, 2012, and September 2.
Justice Peter Flanagan, in granting McCann conditional bail, said the high-profile real estate agent was facing up to 25-years in jail if the charges were proven.
Police allegedly obtained recorded telephone intercepts of McCann making drug deals during their two year covert operation, dubbed Kilo Whiskey.
Justice Flanagan granted McCann bail on the basis he live with his parents, that they provide a $100,000 surety, he undertake a 21-day rehabilitation program at the Gold Coast’s Currumbin Clinic, report to police three times a week and subject himself to random drug testing.
The court was told McCann has been offered full-time employment upon his release.
His lawyers declined to comment where McCann is likely to be employed, but sources say he is likely to return to work as a real estate agent.
McCann is facing 34 drug offences, including 25 counts of supplying a dangerous drug and one count of trafficking.
Barrister Tony Kimmins, for McCann, told the court his client was prepared to undergo a “month long’’ drug rehabilitation program to address obvious addiction issues.
“(McCann) will only leave the (rehab) facility at the behest of a doctor,’’ Mr Kimmins said.
“He will attend as a participant of that program, staying as an inpatient.’’
Prosecutor Jacqueline Ball opposed McCann’s bail application on the basis he was likely to reoffend if released, contact Crown witnesses, and was a serious flight risk due to his considerable financial holdings.
Ms Ball told the court the Crown case against McCann was very strong after he made admissions to police about sourcing drugs from nine different dealers and supplying them on a regular basis to two friends.
Justice Flanagan noted the prosecution will allege during a police record of interview that McCann admitted regularly selling “half an eight-ball’’, or 1.77 grams, of methamphetamine to two associates over a two-year period.
In September The Courier-Mail revealed McCann was sacked by his firm after police raided his home and allegedly discovered drugs and drug paraphernalia hidden behind a secret panel of a kitchen cupboard.
Outside court McCann’s solicitor, Bill Potts, said his client would be “very pleased’’ to get out of jail and begin battling an obvious drug addiction.
But, Mr Potts said despite his client’s drug addiction McCann would be contesting the trafficking charge.
“The charge of trafficking is the most serious one and he will be fighting that charge.’’
McCann is expected to front the Wynnum Magistrates Court later this month for mention of his charges.