Cops ar­rest model, DJ in al­leged drug sting

NT News - - NEWS - JA­SON WALLS and KIERAN BANKS

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

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