UPDATE @ March 3 2019 6am | CHARGES have been laid against a Gold Coast man accused of trafficking the drug ice, following his extradition from NSW.
Detectives from the Gold Coast Major and Organised Crime Squad (MOCS) delivered the 45-year-old in handcuffs from Sydney on Saturday.
It’s reported the offender is former prize fighter Jason ‘JT’ Trouchet, who was involved in the infamous Broadbeach Bikie Brawl back in 2013. Police allege he is a former Finks bikie gang associate.
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Trouchet had been serving time in NSW on unrelated charges and was due for release into the community, but instead was brought to Queensland to face fresh charges, dating back to 2014.
He has been charged with one count each of trafficking dangerous drugs, money laundering, possession of dangerous drugs (steroids) and possession of relevant substance (butanieol).
He will appear at the Southport Magistrates Court on Monday.
EARLIER @ March 2 2019 10am | A GOLD COAST man, who has been serving time in New South Wales, will be extradited back to Queensland.
The 45-year-old will be taken to Southport Watch House on Saturday afternoon, where he is expected to be charged with drug offences.
Detectives from the Gold Coast Major and Organised Crime Squad (MOCS) flew to Sydney earlier in the week and successfully applied for the man’s extradition.
It will be alleged he was identified during Operation Lima Versatile, between 2014 and 2015, of involvement in the commercial trafficking of methylamphetamine (Ice).
Detective Inspector Glen Donaldson of the MOCS praised the dedication of all officers involved.
“This has been a protracted and exhaustive investigation and highlights the tenacity of detectives from the Major and Organised Crime Squad to target serious and organised crime on the Gold Coast,” Detective Inspector Donaldson said.
“Dangerous drugs such as ice cause significant harm within our community.
“We encourage members of the public to contact police and help us stop crime and make the community safer.”
The man had been in custody in New South Wales on unrelated charges and was due for release into the community.
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