Drug ac­cused blows kisses to wo­man

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

AN al­leged mem­ber of an in­ter­na­tional racket ac­cused of traf­fick­ing drugs worth more than $ 1 mil­lion into the North­ern Ter­ri­tory has made an emo­tional dis­play to his part­ner in court.

Ir­ish­man Stephen Don­nelly is one of four men ar­rested in Dar­win on Wed­nes­day by of­fi­cers from Task­force Neme­sis, a cross bor­der and multi- agency po­lice op­er­a­tion.

“The op­er­a­tion iden­ti­fied a so­phis­ti­cated syn­di­cate that trans­ported MDMA and co­caine from the United King­dom to Dar­win,” De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Mark Stringer said yes­ter­day.

On Sun­day, Dar­win lo­cal Mar­cus Han­sch, 41, and French na­tional Se­bastien Du­cros, 24, al­legedly trav­elled to Mount Isa where they col­lected a pack­age con­tain­ing 1.2kg of MDMA pills and 127g of co­caine with a street value of more than $ 650,000.

Po­lice al­lege the pair dropped the pack­age at a Dar­win stor­age shed and were ar­rested shortly af­ter, while Tommy Rans­ley, a 31- year- old from the UK, was ar­rested af­ter al­legedly col­lect­ing items from the pack­age.

Po­lice ex­e­cuted two search war­rants at Dar­win res­i­dences later that day, where Don­nelly, 36, was also ap­pre­hended.

The four men were all charged with sup­ply­ing a com­mer­cial quan­tity of drugs and were re­manded in cus­tody to face Dar­win Lo­cal Court yes­ter­day. Don­nelly blew kisses from the dock to one of two tear­ful women be­lieved to be part­ners of two of the men in court. He and Rans­ley did not ap­ply for bail.

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