A Gold Coast ex-bikie charged with trafficking unlawful hashish oil has been granted bail after his lawyer advised a court docket his consumer didn’t know the product he was the “face of” allegedly contained a harmful drug.
- Brent Simpson and Eden Gall have been charged with trafficking over an alleged unlawful hashish oil syndicate
- They pair, who run the corporate Releaf Therapies, have been granted bail, however can not contact one another
- Police discovered $373,000 in money, cocaine, a drug press, 60 vials of hashish oil, an air rifle and an encrypted cell phone throughout raids earlier than their arrests
Creator of The Clink podcast, Brent Simpson, 45, was arrested final Thursday after police carried out plenty of raids throughout town focusing on what they mentioned was an organised crime syndicate with outlaw motorbike gang hyperlinks.
Bailed with circumstances
Mr Simpson, of Palm Seaside, was charged with one rely of trafficking harmful medication, two counts of provide harmful medication, and three counts of possession of harmful medication.
He was granted bail on Monday on the situation he reported to police and didn’t journey exterior 5km from his Gold Coast residence.
The 5km situation was described exterior court docket by Mr Simpson’s defence lawyer, Michael McMillan, as akin to “jail at residence”.
Police allege the drug trafficking pertains to alleged unlawful cannabidiol (CBD) oil product being offered via the corporate Releaf Therapies.
However Mr McMillan advised the court docket there was no proof his consumer knew the product, which was being imported from the US, contained an unlawful substance.
He advised Justice of the Peace Ron Kilner Mr Simpson had “no cash” and was merely the “face of” Releaf Therapies due to his podcasting profile.
Mr McMillan mentioned Mr Simpson’s enterprise accomplice, Eden Gall, 45, who was additionally charged with trafficking and granted bail on Friday, was the “cash man”.
The court docket heard Mr Simpson was on a suspended sentence after being handed a jail time period for drug provide in 2019.
‘No information of unlawful contents’
Mr McMillan mentioned social media profiles displaying his consumer brazenly peddling the product indicated Mr Simpson was not attempting to do something unlawful.
The court docket heard Releaf Therapies had additionally posted a video to their social media web page the place Mr Simpson admitted CBD merchandise have been “unlawful”.
Mr McMillan mentioned it was not clear when the video was recorded.
Detectives discovered round $373,000 in money, portions of cocaine, a drug press, 60 vials of hashish oil, an air rifle and an encrypted cell phone after executing seven search warrants previous to Mr Simpson and Mr Gall’s arrests final week.
Whereas police objected to the bail on the premise Mr Simpson might re-offend or abscond Queensland via his job as an interstate truck driver, the 45-year-old was launched on bail to return to court docket on August 24.