The CMC conducted a major crime operation in 2009 and 2010, targeting a large-scale organised drug distribution network based on the Gold Coast. The network stretched from Cairns to Melbourne and included criminals in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Townsville, Bowen, Airlie Beach, Sydney and Melbourne. Three main networks were targeted:
- A network distributing methamphetamine from New South Wales to South East Queensland, Cairns, Airlie Beach and Melbourne
- A network distributing ecstasy from South East Queensland to Cairns and Far North Queensland
- A network distributing hydroponically grown cannabis from Victoria to Queensland.
As a result, 73 people were arrested on a total of 424 drug-related charges including trafficking, supply and possession of dangerous drugs. As at 10 December 2012, all defendant matters are now finalised.
The CMC has restrained more than $6 million worth of assets, including a cash seizure of approximately $1.123 million. To date, $1,528,655 has been forfeited to the State as a result of confiscation proceedings against Operation Warrior targets.
The estimated street value of the drugs seized was over $6,800,000. The following drugs, assets and proceeds were seized:
- 5.13kg of methamphetamine
- 169kg of cannabis leaf
- 40 cannabis plants
- 248g of MDMA (ecstasy) powder
- 3544 ecstasy tablets
- 50g of steroids
- 1g cocaine
- 13 litres of GHB (fantasy)
- 60 litres of GBL (fantasy precursor)
- $6,886,949 in cash and property restrained ($1.9 million in cash)
- Two cannabis ‘grow’ houses (hydroponic cannabis) located in Victoria
- One GHB (fantasy) production laboratory located on the Gold Coast.
Related enforcement activities and convictions
- On 10 May 2013, a principle target of the CMC’s Operation Warrior – 34-year-old Allen Milos from Kangaroo Point – was sentenced in the Brisbane Supreme Court to 13 years imprisonment. On 10 April 2013, a Supreme Court jury found the defendant guilty of 14 charges relating to the production and trafficking of dangerous drugs. The defendant was first arrested in March 2010, when he was located in possession of drugs – including methyl-amphetamine, MDMA tablets, and GBL – as well as more than $47,000 in cash. He was released on bail, but was arrested again in August 2010 when he was located in possession of more than 3 kilograms of methyl-amphetamine. Mr Milos has been in custody since his second arrest. He will be eligible for parole in 2020.
- On 23 November 2012, 37-year-old Brisbane man Kol Leka pleaded guilty to trafficking MDMA (ecstasy), amphetamines and cannabis between July 2009 and January 2010. Mr Leka was sentenced to 6 years jail and will be eligible for parole in February 2014. Mr Leka was one of the principle targets of the CMC's Operation Warrior. He was a Brisbane distributor of drugs sourced from Daniel Kalaja, another target convicted through Operation Warrior.
- On 23 November 2012, 33-year-old Brisbane man Leonard Shyti pleaded guilty to trafficking cannabis between June 2009 and March 2010. He was sentenced to 7 years jail and will be eligible for parole in August 2014. Mr Shyti was one of the principle targets identified during the CMC's Operation Warrior.
- On 21 September, Operation Warrior target 55-year-old Spike Sinclair from Mermaid Waters pleaded guilty to the trafficking of amphetamine between June 2009 and March 2010. Mr Sinclair was one of the principle targets and North Queensland distributor identified during the operation. He has been remanded in custody since his arrest in 2010 and was sentenced to 7 years and 9 months and will be eligible for parole in October 2012.
- On 7 September 2012, 45-year-old Graham Floyd, was sentenced in the Brisbane Supreme Court to 6 years imprisonment for supplying and possessing dangerous drugs. Mr Floyd came to the attention of the CMC through Operation Warrior and will be eligible for parole after serving 2.5 years.
- On 22 August 2012, 56-year-old Leke Ndoci from Eight Mile Plains was sentenced in the Brisbane Supreme Court to 9 years imprisonment on 8 charges for trafficking, supplying and possessing cannabis. Over a period of 5½ years until May 2010, Ndoci made 177 return interstate trips and used couriers to transport substantial quantities of cannabis into Queensland for distribution. It was alleged he circulated approximately 2.5 tonnes of cannabis through the Queensland community and profited at least $900 000 from his trafficking activities. Mr Ndoci was charged as a result of Operation Warrior.
- On 18 July 2013, 35-year-old Nicolas Sheriff was sentenced in the Brisbane Supreme Court to 5 years imprisonment. Sheriff, who pleaded guilty to a number of drug charges including the trafficking of amphetamines and GHB (fantasy) was one of a number of people identified during the course of the CMC's Operation Warrior. Those convicted as a result of Operation Warrior have now been sentenced to a cumulative total of more than 100 years imprisonment.
- On 9 July 2012, Mr Daniel Kalaja was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for illicit drug offences after entering a plea of guilty on a total of 20 charges. They included four counts of trafficking in dangerous drugs – namely, cannabis methylamphetamine, MDMA (ecstasy) and GHB (fantasy) – and a further 16 other drug-related charges, including the supply of dangerous drugs (MDMA and cocaine) and possession of dangerous drugs. On 1 August, Mr Kalaja lodged an appeal in the Supreme Court of Queensland against his 14 year sentence on the grounds that the sentence is manifestly excessive in all circumstances.
Mr Kalaja was at the centre of the largest organised crime investigation in the CMC’s history – Operation Warrior.
- On 25 May, a 58-year-old Brisbane man, Mr Christopher Orley, was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment for trafficking and supplying cannabis and for possessing property connected with a drug offence. Mr Orley came to the attention of the CMC through Operation Warrior. Mr Orley will be eligible for parole after serving 3 years.