Drug boss out of jail

DEALER TO BE FREED AF­TER 10 YEARS

The Sunday Times - - NEWS - JOHN FLINT

HIGH-pro­file Perth drug traf­ficker Fabian Quaid is days away from tast­ing free­dom af­ter serv­ing 10 years and six months be­hind bars.

The 41-year-old, who now uses his birth name Fabian Irani, is due to be re­leased on pa­role from Wooroloo Prison Farm in just over one week.

In March 2010, he was sen­tenced to 17 years jail with a min­i­mum of 101⁄2 years for his part in an ec­stasy con­spir­acy worth up to $24 mil­lion. He was ar­rested in May 2008 af­ter a covert op­er­a­tion in­volv­ing the Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice and other agen­cies.

Irani, pic­tured, is a boyhood friend of for­mer West Coast Ea­gle Ben Cousins and has long been a close friend of Perth busi­ness­man John Ki­zon.

The Fed­eral At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s Depart­ment this week de­clined to shed any de­tails on the re­lease and any bail con­di­tions.

“As a mat­ter of long-stand­ing prac­tice the Aus­tralian Govern­ment does not dis­close the de­tails of in­di­vid­ual Fed­eral of­fend­ers,” a spokesman said.

Irani, a for­mer mar­tial arts ex­pert, and his syn­di­cate coof­fend­ers were snared by a 12month in­ves­ti­ga­tion — co­de­named Op­er­a­tion In­ter­stice — in­volv­ing WA and Fed­eral Po­lice, Cus­toms and the Aus­tralian Crime Com­mis­sion.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors bugged 39 tele­phones and lis­tened to more than 20,000 tele­phone calls dur­ing the op­er­a­tion.

Irani was la­belled “the pres­i­dent of drug dis­trib­u­tors” in coded calls.

The op­er­a­tion reached a cli­max on May 19, 2008, when po­lice raided a prop­erty in Lock­ridge and ar­rested co­con­spir­a­tors Rade Ljuboja, Dim­itrios Pa­padim­itriou and De­jan Medan. Irani was ar­rested in Syd­ney two days later. Po­lice es­ti­mated that at least 350,000 ec­stasy tablets could have been made from the 44kg of in­ter­cepted MDMA pow­der, which was 80 per cent pure. Dur­ing his trial, Irani told the jury he had been work­ing as a “me­di­a­tor” and a “debt col­lec­tor'” in the lead-up to his ar­rest.

Irani got en­gaged while be­hind bars in 2011.

In a sep­a­rate case, Irani’s brother Marc Quaid was jailed for 23 years in 2014 af­ter he was found guilty of pos­sess­ing more than 12kg of metham­phetamine.

In 2016, three Supreme Court of Ap­peal judges threw out an ap­peal by Quaid. He has to serve a fur­ther 16 years be­fore he is el­i­gi­ble for pa­role.

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