WA crime target grabbed in eastern Europe
Perth connections and how Quaid, Mercanti and others travelled to Montenegro in 2002 to attend Ulic’s daughter’s wedding.
The Supreme Court heard evidence in 2011 that Ulic was a father figure to Quaid. The pair spoke regularly by telephone and used code to disguise major drug trafficking plans.
Hundreds of intercepted recordings between the pair and other co-accused were used to convict Quaid for helping to organise the shipment of MDMA, or ecstasy powder, aboard the SS Monica from Mauritius.
“Ulic was the senior overseas organiser,” according to a 2011 Supreme Court judgment.
The plan was to manufacture millions of dollars worth of ecstasy tablets using a pill press hidden inside a Lockridge home.
Three other men were jailed with Quaid, but Ulic, according to the prosecution, was “the syndicate principal who resides in Montenegro”.
It is understood that Montenegrin authorities had previously been concerned they could not directly prove that any alleged multinational crimes, including trafficking tonnes of cocaine, heroin and MDMA around the world, had been committed on their soil.
Australia has no extradition treaty with Montenegro, but there is an established “crime co-operation agreement”, which could lead to Ulic being brought to WA to face charges.
Montenegrin police yesterday confirmed their move proved they worked effectively with foreign police services.
Ulic had been arrested for being the leader of a criminal organisation allegedly smuggling “large quantities” of drugs to Australia from other countries.
Vaso Ulic’s hilltop home.