WA crime target grabbed in east­ern Europe

The West Australian - - NEWS -

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.

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