Prison time for ‘sacked’ drug dealer

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

A MONGOLS bikie who was kicked out of the mo­tor­cy­cle club for ac­cru­ing too much debt as a drug dealer has been jailed for more than two years.

Clarence Joseph Kercher (pic­tured) was yes­ter­day sen­tenced for traf­fick­ing whole­sale amounts of drugs for about 18 months dur­ing his time as a se­nior mem­ber of the Mongols Mo­tor­cy­cle Club on the Gold Coast.

Pros­e­cu­tor Mark Green said Kercher, 45, racked up “sig­nif­i­cant debt” as a dealer be­cause he would sell clients drugs on credit and fail to re­cover the cash, de­spite reg­u­larly us­ing threats of vi­o­lence and in one case phys­i­cally at­tack­ing a cus­tomer.

Mr Green said Kercher was ar­rested in 2015 after Task­force Max­ima po­lice in­ves­ti­gated the club traf­fick­ing in a range of drugs in­clud­ing metham­phetamine, co­caine, MDMA, steroids and cannabis.

Mr Green said the traf­fick­ing was “or­gan­ised and se­cre­tive” and the group used en­crypted mes­sag­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to com­mu­ni­cate.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Scott Lynch said Kercher, who pleaded guilty in the Bris­bane Supreme Court to drug traf­fick­ing, had a good up­bring­ing, came from a good fam­ily, vol­un­teered for his lo­cal coast­guard ser­vice and was a lov­ing fa­ther whose life had veered off course after a di­vorce.

“It’s some­what per­plex­ing when some­one looks at his crim­i­nal his­tory and his age to see how he got him­self into this,” he said. “He is hor­ri­bly con­trite about what he has put his fam­ily through.”

Jus­tice Jean Dal­ton said Kercher seemed to al­most be liv­ing a “dou­ble life” both as a fam­ily man and a drug dealer.

Kercher was sen­tenced to eight years im­pris­on­ment with pa­role el­i­gi­bil­ity after he has served two years and two months be­hind bars.

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