Drug baron busted carrying 850 bricks
A WEALTHY Whitsundays drug baron peddled almost $2 million worth of meth and marijuana between Airlie Beach and Mackay, a court has heard.
Until his 2015 arrest, Leon Gary Cremor was living in an exclusive waterfront apartment, driving luxury cars and jet skis, and taking regular holidays to extravagant locations including Hamilton Island and Bora Bora.
Brisbane Supreme Court heard he used the services of a major Gold Coast drug ring, regularly paying couriers to deliver packages from the south, to cement his position at the top of the region’s drug trade.
It was his dealings with one of those couriers, New Zealand national Kevin Richard Bailey, which proved his downfall. Police were tracking Bailey as he moved drugs up and down the Bruce Hwy from a Gold Coast supplier who was arrested as part of a wider police sting.
In March 2015, Cremor and Bailey were seen meeting at Cannonvale car park where a suitcase was exchanged.
The court heard police later stopped Bailey and uncovered four pounds of marijuana, 850 green and gold coloured “bricks” believed to be ecstasy, and more than $60,000 in cash.
Cremor told police Bailey had dropped off meth and in exchange, he had sent some of his own cargo back to the supplier because he “couldn’t get rid of it” locally.
Cremor has pleaded guilty to trafficking in and supplying dangerous drugs. Bailey was previously sentenced to four years in jail for supplying the drugs.
Documents before the court in a separate confiscation proceeding state Cremor also supplied $53,600 worth of drugs to an undercover police officer.
Crown Prosecutor Dejana Kovac said while Cremor claimed to have made about $60,000 profit from his drug trade, the “modest” homewares business he ran with his former partner could not have funded their lifestyle and said Cremor’sdrug operation,had a an estimated turnover of up to $1,826,000.
Cremor will be sentenced at a later date.