Cops arrest model, DJ in alleged drug sting
AN IRISH DJ and a French glamour model were among a group of four men arrested as part of what police described as the “dismantling” of a “sophisticated” drug syndicate.
Stephen Donnelly, 36, and Sebastien Ducros, 24, were arrested along with UK national Tommy Ransley, 31, and Darwin man Marcus Hansch, 41, following a four-month operation targeting an alleged “sophisticated syndicate that transported MDMA and cocaine from the United Kingdom to Darwin”.
The four men faced Darwin Local Court yesterday, charged with supplying a commercial quantity of a schedule one drug, while Ducros and Hansch were also charged with possession.
Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Stringer said police alleged Hansch and Ducros travelled to Mount Isa on October 8 where they collected a package allegedly containing the drugs.
He said the pair then allegedly travelled back to Darwin on October 11 where they dropped the package at a CBD storage shed and were arrested shortly after.
Ransley then allegedly went to the shed to collect items from the package and was also arrested.
Police said the package contained 1.2kg of MDMA pills and 127 grams of cocaine hidden in pot noodle containers.
Members from Joint Organised Crime Taskforce Nemesis then raided two Darwin residences where they seized five grams of MDMA along with a number of electronic devices and arrested Donnelly.
Police allege the syndicate was involved in multiple importations over the past 12 months that “contribute significantly to the Darwin cocaine and MDMA market”.
The bust follows three arrests in July when police seized 400 grams of MDMA and 230 grams of cocaine.
“This is another excellent result for Taskforce Nemesis, which is committed to providing a multi-agency approach to combat illicit substances that enter the Territory,” Detective Senior Sergeant Stringer said.
“The message to drug traffickers is simple: Your business is not welcome here, and we will continue to use all resources available to dismantle your trade and bring you to justice.”
None of the men applied for bail and all four were remanded in custody until December 6.
Donnelly gestured and blew kisses to two women seated in the public gallery throughout his brief appearance.
Detective Senior Sergeant Stringer urged anyone who had any information on the sale or supply of illicit substances in the Northern Territory to contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Seb Ducros, 24, and inset, Tommy Ransley, 31, have been charged over their alleged roles in an international drug syndicate