POLICE BUST: Police raided two Palmwoods and one Woombye property on December 3.
POLICE BUST: Police raided two Palmwoods and one Woombye property on December 3. Shayla Bulloch

Drug syndicate accused finally fronts court

AN alleged key player in a Sunshine Coast drug syndicate was well enough to make his first appearance before the Maroochydore Magistrates Court.

Mark Leslie Everest, 61, failed to appear on December 20 after his arrest during a police raid on his Palmwoods property on December 3.

Police arrested three other men during the raid, which also included a search of Mr Everest's neighbour's property, and another residence in Woombye.

Mr Everest's defence solicitor today told the court his client had been ill, and requested an adjournment while they finalised instructions on the string of drugs and weapons charges.

Mr Everest is charged with possessing the dangerous drugs methylamphetamine and anabolic steroids, possessing the restricted drug Quetiapine (marketed as Seroquel) which was unlawfully obtained and a pipe and scales used in connection with a dangerous drug.

He is also alleged to have unlawfully possessed an electric anti-personal device and a flick knife, plus an extendible baton and ammunition without authority.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist ordered Mr Everest's bail be enlarged, and that he personally return before the court on February 1.

Following last year's arrests, Detective Inspector Dave Drinnen of Sunshine Coast District said Operation Quebec Semphra was an ongoing investigation targeting drug trafficking on Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas.



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