Drug baron busted car­ry­ing 850 bricks

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

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.

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