Ex-Lone Wolf bikie gets jail

A FORMER member of the Lone Wolf bikie gang convicted of supplying a commercial quantity of the drug ecstasy will spend at least the next four-and-a-half years in jail for the crime.

Richard Monckton, of Bungawalbyn, was sentenced in Sydney District Court on Friday to nine years and four months in jail, with a non-parole period of six years.

Monckton has been in custody since his arrest in July, 2007, when police carried out simultaneous raids on the Lone Wolf's clubhouse in Terania Street, North Lismore, a fortified 'drug house' in Uralba Street, Lismore, and on premises in Sydney.

The raids followed 14 months of covert police operations.

In February this year Monckton pleaded guilty to supplying 1.7kg of MDMA in Sydney and elsewhere in NSW between March and May 2007.

Speaking from Sydney on Friday, solicitor Ralph James said the sentencing judge accepted his client's contrition and stated the offence was 'nowhere near the apex of drug distribution'.

Mr James submitted to the judge that his client had no previous criminal convictions, that he had got caught up in an action he sincerely regretted, and that he was otherwise a person of good character.

Monckton's partner told The Northern Star their family had been through a very difficult period and was now wishing to move forward and support him throughout the remainder of his sentence.

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