Bay meth trade boast tested
A MAN who allegedly boasted of controlling 90% of the methylamphetamine trade in Hervey Bay will learn today whether he will have to stand trial in the Supreme Court.
Constandinos Vasilios Dacolias appeared in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday with four other men for a committal hearing of charges relating to the police Operation Ice Bobcat carried out in 2010.
The court heard Mr Dacolias allegedly told an associate over the telephone he was responsible for about 90% of all methylamphetamine in Hervey Bay.
Prosecution witness Detective Sergeant Andrew Self told Mr Dacolias’ barrister Rick Taylor the comment was “from your client’s own mouth” after the court heard it had been heard in a telephone intercept as part of Operation Ice Bobcat.
Mr Taylor argued the alleged figure of 90% was merely a boast rather than an assertion of fact and that it had not been independently verified by any further police investigation.
Mr Dacolias appeared angry with Det Sgt Self’s testimony in relation to whether any inducements had been offered to make people testify against him, often muttering “bull s**t” during the cross examination.
Mr Dacolias is facing a total of 44 charges including trafficking, supplying, producing and possessing dangerous drugs.
Two other men facing drug trafficking charges chose to cross-examine the evidence against them.
James Cecil Norman Campbell and Gary Wayne Hyland were also allegedly involved in the trafficking of methylamphetamine.
Mr Hyland is alleged to have been mentioned in the telephone intercepts while Mr Campbell was allegedly found to be in possession of $1000 cash which undercover operatives used to make drug purchases.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist will decide today whether there is sufficient evidence for all three men to stand trial in Maryborough Supreme Court following closing submissions from their lawyers.
The other two men to appear in court yesterday accepted there was a prima facie case against them and were committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court without cross-examination.
Kim Buckley Beech and Christopher Anthony Dinte are also charged with drug trafficking.
Operation Ice Bobcat ran from June to October 2010 and was a joint operation between the Hervey Bay Criminal Investigation Branch and Task Force HYDRA.
14 people received a total of 101 charges resulting from the operation.