Drug boss out of jail
DEALER TO BE FREED AFTER 10 YEARS
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.