Prosecutors have dropped a drug trafficking charge against former Cleveland real estate agent Ryan McCann who was represented by Potts Lawyers on Monday.
The decision not to pursue the charge was announced as the 36-year-old was committed to face Brisbane District Court and answer 24 counts of supplying dangerous drugs and one count of attempted supply.
A week-long committal hearing in the Southport Magistrates Court sees cross-examination occur to test allegations of drug manufacturing on the Gold Coast. Methamphetamine with a street value of $3million were allegedly found in a police raid in Beachmont on the Gold Coast in May 2010. The accused were being monitored by police and were found to be talking in code during phone conversations about criminal activity. Bill Potts and Mark Williams represented the co-accused.
Chinese triad operatives used the honest face of the franchisee of Helensvale Pizza Hut to be the “front man” of a conspiracy to import up to $3 million of heroin and methamphetamine into the country (Trafficking Dangerous Drugs), a court was yesterday told.
Sim Ying Wong, of Sunnybank, was denied bail in Brisbane Magistrates Court, with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions arguing she was a flight risk and in danger from other members of the criminal syndicate.
Wong was arrested on Tuesday and is charged with conspiracy to import up to 200kg of heroin and up to 200kg of methamphetamine by concealing the drugs within wooden pergolas to be delivered to Australia from China. Her solicitor Bill Potts, of Potts Lawyers, argued that while other members of the alleged conspiracy appear to have been bragging about their criminal exploits, his client had no criminal record.
PREMIER Campbell Newman should confirm the Government’s axing of its Sentencing Advisory Council means that mandatory sentencing – proposed by the former government – has finally been abandoned.
There is disquiet about mandatory sentencing. The previous government set up the sentencing council to find a way to introduce it. The council instead came out against a policy which took the decision-making process from the courts.