‘I was a teenage drug dealer’

AMAZ­ING CLAIM IN SOCIET Y CO­CAINE TAPE EX­CLU­SIVE: Po­lice re­veal ex­plo­sive new de­tails of al­leged drug deal record­ings, writes Bren­den Hills

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

SO­CIALITE Matthew James Doyle was se­cretly recorded boast­ing he started deal­ing drugs as a 15-year-old and had built a cus­tomer base so big he could sell 100kg of co­caine a week, po­lice allege.

Of­fi­cers lis­tened in as the 31-yearold prop­erty de­vel­oper ex­plained “he was not a gang­ster, but a busi­ness­man and loved money” while al­legedly ne­go­ti­at­ing a deal to ship 300kg of co­caine to the hun­gry Syd­ney mar­ket.

The ex­change was de­tailed in doc­u­ments ten­dered to Cen­tral Lo­cal Court on Thurs­day, where Doyle and two of his mates, for­mer pri­vate school stu­dents Jared Hart and Raoul Kesby, faced charges over the $85 mil­lion co­caine smug­gling plot.

Doyle also said he “loved mak­ing money for peo­ple and mak­ing friends”, the doc­u­ments claim.

To se­cure the sale and ne­go­ti­ate the price, the doc­u­ments said, Doyle spruiked his past drug-deal­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and said he “may be pre­pared to hand over $8 mil­lion a week as pay­ment for the co­caine”.

He al­legedly de­tailed how he started deal­ing drugs when he was 15 years old and that his op­er­a­tion had grown to the point where he “now has a lu­cra­tive real es­tate busi­ness” that he used to “slowly siphon” drug money.

From the out­side, Doyle had built what ap­peared to be an idyl­lic ex­is­tence as a suc­cess­ful en­tre­pre­neur who was mak­ing a for­tune from prop­erty de­vel­op­ments and other busi­ness ven­tures.

He lived in Bur­ra­neer, in Syd­ney’s south, drove a Land Rover Sport and had shares in nu­mer­ous prop­erty de­vel­op­ments and other com­pa­nies.

Doyle is mar­ried to glam­orous PR ex­ec­u­tive Kelsea Doyle and the pair were fre­quent fix­tures on the Syd­ney so­cial scene.

But on Septem­ber 4, Doyle, Hart and Kesby were ar­rested at a Mar­rickville stor­age unit al­legedly try­ing to ac­cess a 50kg co­caine ship­ment.

Po­lice had al­ready in­ter­cepted the drugs and re­placed them with an “in­ert sub­stance” be­fore send­ing the ship­ment to its des­ti­na­tion in or­der to ar­rest who­ever picked it up, the doc­u­ments said.

On open­ing the box “Doyle com­plained that it was not the ex­pected co­caine” and that “he had been robbed”.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors from the Or­gan­ised Crime Squad had been pa­tient as they set a trap for Doyle and his co-ac­cused.

Be­tween April 22 and Septem­ber 4 they se­cretly recorded Doyle as he al­legedly ne­go­ti­ated to buy the co­caine.

In July, po­lice allege Doyle was recorded say­ing he could “dis­trib­ute” 100kg of co­caine in “two to three weeks” and had “agreed to pur­chase co­caine for $150,000 per kilo­gram”, the doc­u­ments said.

By July 7, po­lice allege that he was recorded or­gan­is­ing a cash de­posit to buy 300kg of co­caine and that he was “pre­par­ing his drug dis­tri­bu­tion net­work in an­tic­i­pa­tion” of re­ceiv­ing the ship­ment. On July 26, Doyle al­legedly had Hart, a 30-year-old for­mer New­ing­ton Col­lege stu­dent, de­liver a $220,000 cash de­posit to pay for the drugs.

Later that month, po­lice claim to have recorded Doyle ex­plain­ing that he planned to sup­ply be­tween 50kg to 100kg of the ship­ment each week and was pre­pared to “hand over $8 mil­lion per week as pay­ment”.

If the sup­pli­ers were wor­ried, Doyle al­legedly “pro­vided re­as­sur­ance that he was ca­pa­ble of on-sup­ply­ing such large quan­ti­ties of co­caine”. He re­vealed he had a suc­cess­ful his­tory in sell­ing the drug, in­clud­ing one pe­riod where he sold 50kg ev­ery week for six months, po­lice claim.

In terms of his drugs busi­ness, Doyle was recorded say­ing he sold co­caine for be­tween $155,000 and $166,000 per kilo­gram, po­lice allege.

By Au­gust it was time to seal the deal. Doyle was al­legedly recorded ar­rang­ing to re­ceive the 300kg on a 50kg per week ba­sis.

And he had one other de­mand, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments: an ex­clu­sive rights deal where the seller would only deal with him. As a sweet­ener, he agreed to pay an ex­tra $300,000 cash on

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de­liv­ery for the first ship­ment, po­lice said.

This was al­legedly paid on Septem­ber 4. But the per­son re­ceiv­ing the cash was an un­der­cover op­er­a­tive work­ing for the po­lice. Of­fi­cers had al­ready in­ter­cepted the co­caine and re­placed it with an in­ert sub­stance.

At 11.40am, it was de­liv­ered to Hart and Kesby, a 28-year-old ex stu­dent from the pres­ti­gious Scots Col­lege in Syd­ney’s east­ern sub­urbs, po­lice said.

The pair trans­ported it to a stor­age unit in Mar­rickville where they met Doyle.

Shortly af­ter Doyle com­plained he had been robbed, he and Kesby walked out­side and were ar­rested by po­lice. Hart was ar­rested a short time later.

Doyle is charged with sup­ply­ing a pro­hib­ited drug not less than a large com­mer­cial quan­tity, and two counts of know­ingly deal­ing with cash that was the pro­ceeds of crime.

Kesby is charged with sup­ply­ing a pro­hib­ited drug not less than a large com­mer­cial quan­tity.

Hart is charged with know­ingly deal­ing with the pro­ceeds of crime, sup­ply­ing a pro­hib­ited drug not less than a large com­mer­cial quan­tity and two counts of un­law­fully ob­tain­ing goods in re­la­tion to po­lice iden­ti­fi­ca­tion that was found in his Bronte apart­ment.

All three will next ap­pear in Cen­tral Lo­cal Court on Oc­to­ber 9.

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