Prison for gun run­ner

Play­boy life­style funded by sale of bombs, drugs

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - VANDA CAR­SON

A PLAY­BOY gun run­ner and drug king­pin told po­lice about a mas­sive ar­se­nal of bombs and ex­plo­sives held in a se­cret stock­pile, a court has heard.

Matthew De­lander, 35, from Par­adise Point, was in the Supreme Court in Bris­bane yes­ter­day where he pleaded guilty to 30 drugs and weapons charges, in­clud­ing traf­fick­ing in ice and ec­stasy over eight months in 2015 and 2016 and pos­sess­ing coun­ter­feit cash.

Jus­tice Peter Davis sen­tenced De­lander to nine years’ jail for traf­fick­ing, say­ing his “co-op­er­a­tion” with po­lice prior to sen­tenc­ing saw “a large amount of ex­plo­sives … taken out of the black mar­ket”.

He will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role on Oc­to­ber 28, 2020.

The ex­plo­sives stash in­cluded three pipe bombs, 40kg of am­mo­nium ni­trate, 32 sticks of “Pow­ergel Mag­num 365” and 39 elec­tronic det­o­na­tors hid­den in bush­land in the Sun­shine Coast and the Gold Coast, the court heard.

The largest cache was hid­den in the Beer­bur­rum State For­est on the Sun­shine Coast, while some of the pow­ergel ex­plo­sives were hid­den at Nor­well on the Gold Coast.

They were seized in July and Au­gust last year and Jan­uary this year.

“It is very much in the pub­lic in­ter­est for ex­plo­sives to be taken out of pub­lic cir­cu­la­tion,” Jus­tice Davis said.

Crown Prose­cu­tor Danny Boyle told the court De­lander was not charged over the ex­plo­sives and bombs, and did not im­pli­cate any­one.

Mr Boyle told the court De­lander sold ice and ec­stasy pills whole­sale, for up to $40,000 per deal, to fi­nance his lav­ish life­style and “lux­ury goods” for him­self and then-girl­friend and drug trafficker Kylie Jean Gould who has al­ready pleaded guilty.

De­lander also ad­mit­ted fir­ing a gun from his $200,000 Mercedes Benz at a parked car, street signs and “gen­eral open ar­eas” while sky­lark­ing on He­lensvale Rd at Ox­en­ford to­wards the Coom­babah lakes con­ser­va­tive area in the early hours of Septem­ber 29, 2015.

De­lander had five videos of the shoot­ing on his iPhone .

Pic­ture: Face­book

Matthew De­lander sold ice and ec­stasy pills to fi­nance his lav­ish life­style.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.