Bill Potts Obtains Bail For Biochemist Facing Drug Charges

A Griffith University PhD student with a degree in biochemistry has become a real life case of Breaking Bad, using his degree to allegedly manufacture illicit drugs.

In his day job, Jason Mackenzie teaches medical students at Griffith but the 42 year old yesterday faced Southport Court accused of being an integral part of an interstate Albanian drug syndicate.

The Robina-based student has been charged with trafficking and manufacturing dangerous drugs after a series of raids across the Gold Coast on Tuesday as part of Operation Kilo Chess. Continue reading Bill Potts Obtains Bail For Biochemist Facing Drug Charges

Judge Gives Young Father A Second Chance

A young father was lucky to avoid time in jail after pleading guilty to trafficking methyl amphetamines in Mackay last week.

Justice David North agreed Robert Joseph Crutcher’s circumstances were “exceptional” and granted him a wholly suspended sentence. Continue reading Judge Gives Young Father A Second Chance

Christopher Cairns to Fight Tumma Cousins Gold Coast Balcony Death Charge

AAP | May 28, 2012 10:51AM | The AUSTRALIAN

A GOLD Coast man with outlaw motor cycle gang links will “vigorously defend” a charge of murdering a nightclub promoter who plunged 31 floors to his death, his lawyer said today .

Christopher Cairns, 24, from Hope Island, was arrested on Saturday and charged with the murder of Tumma Cousins, 29, earlier this month.

Police will allege Cairns threw Mr Cousins from the balcony of his unit at the Beachcomber Resort in Surfers Paradise on May 11. Continue reading Christopher Cairns to Fight Tumma Cousins Gold Coast Balcony Death Charge

Drug ‘mega lab’ accused bailed

Leah Fineran   |  June 16th, 2011 | Gold Coast News

THREE men charged over a clandestine drug `mega lab’ on the Gold Coast have been granted bail on the condition they post significant cash sureties.

Andreas Schmidt, 44, Dane James Marriott, 36, and Darren Cutting, 29, faced the Southport Magistrates Court today charged with producing drugs and possessing drugs and drug-related items at a Currumbin Valley property.

Police have alleged the lab was large enough to manufacture more than 70kg of illicit drugs, worth an estimated $60 million on the street.

Today police objected to bail for all three men.

Solicitor Jodi Allen from Buckland Allen Lawyers argued the police case against her clients Schmidt and Marriott was `circumstantial at best’.

Solicitor Mark Williams from Potts Lawyers argued Cutting had played an ‘insignificant role’ and had strong community ties as seen by the 25 supporters who filled the arrest court.

Magistrate Michael O’Driscoll said he was concerned at the seriousness of the police allegations but granted bail on the condition they each pay cash sureties.

He ordered Schmidt and Marriott each post $100,000 cash sureties and Cutting post a $50,000 surety.

Outside court Ms Allen and Mr Williams said their clients were relieved at the opportunity to be on bail and looked forward to receiving a full brief of evidence from the police.

All three men will face court again on July 18.

Courier Mail Coverage Of Paolo Liuzzo Case

The appearance of “international playboy” Paolo Liuzzo in Southport Magistrates Court sparked a media frenzy. Bill Potts appeared for Mr Liuzzo at his plea. (Courier Mail 4/11/09)

Money Talks, Paolo Walks

by Renee Redmond, court reporter – Courier Mail 4/11/09
American playboy Paolo Liuzzo waved his chequebook to get himself out of trouble after refusing to do community service on the Gold Coast as punishment for a series of crimes. Continue reading Courier Mail Coverage Of Paolo Liuzzo Case