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

Cleveland Magistrates Court Dumps Trafficking Charge

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.

Mr McCann did not enter a plea and chose not to speak as the supply charges were mentioned in Cleveland Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning. Continue reading Cleveland Magistrates Court Dumps Trafficking Charge

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

Bill Potts & Mark Williams represent co-accused charged in alleged large-scale drug manufacturing

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 women used as “front man” for drug importation conspiracy

Honest face was used, court told

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.

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Ormeau Couple Arrested for Distributing Deadly Drug ‘Bath Salts’

Thomas Chamberlin | From: The Courier-Mail | November 15, 2012 12:00AM

Bath salt drugs police seizure
THE EVIDENCE: Detective Superintendant Steve Holahan with some of the seized drugs. PIC: Richard Waugh. Source: The Courier-Mail

THE alleged distributors of a deadly drug linked to Australia’s first “bath salts” death have been arrested after raids of about 20 businesses and homes in southeast Queensland. Continue reading Ormeau Couple Arrested for Distributing Deadly Drug ‘Bath Salts’

Former Fink Escapes Prison for Extortion

Leah Fineran   |  10:37am October 17, 2012

A FORMER Finks standover man has dodged jail time for extortion, claiming he has now left the “bad influence” of the notorious Gold Coast bikie club.

Sacha Kahled Nachouki, 40, yesterday pleaded guilty in the Southport District Court to six offences, including extortion and failing to answer Australian Crime Commission questions.

He admitted that in 2008 he acted as an illegal debt collector, making threats and standing over a Surfers Paradise man for money owed to a failed investment company. Continue reading Former Fink Escapes Prison for Extortion

Drug Importer’s Jail Cell Hell

Ava Benny-Morrison |  19th July 2012 6:00 AM | Sunshine Coast Daily

EXPOSED to beatings, sexual assault and threats while cramped in a third world jail cell with eight other prisoners, Stephen Ploderer was living a nightmare.

The 37-year-old was a world away from his Sunshine Coast home waiting to be returned to Australia to face drug importation charges.

Ploderer was arrested in Malaysia in 2010 after Australian police discovered his attempt to import almost 1kg of amphetamine from the Netherlands through the post. Continue reading Drug Importer’s Jail Cell Hell

Drug Trafficker Gets 14 Years’ Jail

by: Cameron Browne | From: The Courier-Mail | May 30, 2012

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.

The questions now are what, if anything, will replace the Sentencing Advisory Council and what are the new Government’s intentions? Continue reading Drug Trafficker Gets 14 Years’ Jail