Ex-Rebel McCrea jailed over ‘evil' trade in drugs
FORMER bikie boss Adam Warwick McCrea has been jailed for seven years for his part in an "evil" trade in drugs.
McCrea, 47, pleaded guilty to eight charges of possessing and supplying a range of drugs, and seemed shocked when Justice Margaret Wilson didn't believe his claim they were only for the use of himself, his friends and his girlfriend.
"The drug trade is an evil one," Justice Wilson told McCrea, after finding there had been a "very substantial commercial purpose" to McCrea's purchase of about $102,000 worth of cocaine over a five month period,
He was also found in possession of 101 ecstasy tablets in his Takura home.
She sentenced McCrea to seven years, with parole eligibility in August 2014.
Earlier, the ex-president of the local chapter of the Rebels Motorcycle Club told the court of his addiction to cocaine at the time of the offences, saying he was taking up to eight to 10 grams a day.
He said some of his friends would also take the cocaine he had transported up from the Gold Coast, and occasionally "chip in" to help pay for it.
McCrea said the ecstasy was his then-girlfriend's drug of choice, and he sourced the tablets for her.
Crown prosecutor Sarah Farnden argued there must be a commercial element to McCrea's activities, as his only income at the time was Centrelink payments totalling a little over $7000.
McCrea said he got the rest of the money to buy drugs, along with $9000 cash found in his safe the day after he was arrested, from his ex-wife's tattoo shop.
Justice Wilson said she found this explanation unlikely. McCrea's barrister Rick Taylor said there was no evidence of McCrea on-selling the drugs after getting them from the Gold Coast, while there was evidence of McCrea's use of cocaine. McCrea farewelled his freedom with hugs and kisses to his new wife and family, and a terse opinion on the court process - "well what a crock of sh*t that is," he said.
March 2009 - Police raid McCrea's Takura home and find 101 ecstasy tablets, some cannabis, testosterone and steroids, along with about $8000 in cash about the property.
October 2009 - McCrea begins dealing with two men to supply cocaine to Hervey Bay from the Gold Coast. These men have been charged, but are yet to be dealt with by the court.
November 2009 - one of McCrea's couriers is intercepted by police on the way back from the Gold Coast, carrying two ounces of cocaine. This man was charged, but is yet to be dealt with by the court.
January 2010 - Peter Ross Hill agrees to courier drugs from the Gold Coast for McCrea, and does so successfully.
January 2010 - Mark Darran Berghofer agrees to courier drugs from the Gold Coast for McCrea, but does not have enough money to make the transaction.
February 2010 - McCrea arranges for a limousine for his supplier on the Gold Coast to bring cocaine to Hervey Bay.
March 2010 - McCrea is arrested with cocaine in his possession, on the way to Hervey Bay from the Gold Coast. He is placed into custody. He calls Mark Berghofer and asks him to get everything out of his safe. The police raid his home again, and find $9000 in the safe.
October 2010 - McCrea receives bail after spending 215 days in custody.
September 2011 - McCrea and other members of the accused supply chain of cocaine are committed to stand trial.
November 2011 - McCrea makes an impassioned defence in the Chronicle of himself and the Rebels Motorcycle Club. Soon after he is replaced as president of the club.
November 2012 - McCrea, Hill and Berghofer plead guilty in Maryborough Supreme Court. The other people charged are yet to be dealt with.