News

4-month investigation to take down teen 'drug king'

Flynn Brown, 18, is accused of dealing a 'large amount' of drugs in the Byron Bay area.
Flynn Brown, 18, is accused of dealing a 'large amount' of drugs in the Byron Bay area.

FRIDAY 7.45am: A TEENAGER two weeks out of high school has appeared in Byron Bay Local Court after a three-and-a-half-month police investigation into drug supply resulted in his arrest.

Flynn Brown, 18, remains in custody after his family was unable to pay a $200,000 surety for his alleged drug dealing.

The teen is accused of selling $800 worth of "8 ball" cocaine to undercover police and having a "treasure trove" of safes in secret locations throughout the region, the Gold Coast Bulletin have reported.

Mr Brown appeared in Byron Bay Local Court yesterday charged with 13 counts of supply prohibited drugs, including cocaine, MDMA and cannabis.

Police told the court they were so concerned about his alleged activities they set up taskforce Strike Force ARBDO nearly four months ago to target the 18-year-old, with officers engaging in several undercover drug purchases and intercepting 7700 phone calls and text messages.

Police allege that Mr Brown had been selling "large amounts" of drugs in the Byron Bay region for at least eight months - to fellow Byron Bay High School students, to locals and tourists in licensed premises, and to revellers at music festivals.

The prosecution told the court Mr Brown and his customers referred to drug meets as "lunch, coffee, pool or beer" in text messages before meeting to discuss deals.

Brown was "living beyond his means", regularly eating out, drinking in hotels and gambling, the court was told.

Police intelligence revealed Crime Stoppers reports on Brown began in May this year.

On Wednesday, police raided the Paterson St home Brown shares with his father, finding small amounts of cannabis, MDMA and Viagra.

Defence lawyer Rod Behan said his client had strong ties to the community.

He said Brown had lived in Byron Bay his whole life and could be released into the custody of his father, and asked his client's clean criminal history and age be taken into account.

However, police believe Brown had a "mountain of safes in safe locations".

"One was hidden in a water tower at Byron Bay and police located this," Prosecutor Senior Constable Brett Gradisnik said.

"Interference with evidence is a concern," Sen Constable Gradisnik said in opposing bail.

"Police say there's a large amount of cash outstanding at hidden locations.

"I accept he has strong ties to the community, but he's a young adult continuing serious drug offences in this same community ... He is creating havoc in the community."

Magistrate Michael Dakin said he was concerned Brown would flee or continue to reoffend if released on bail.

"A custodial sentence will inevitably follow and this realisation may lead him to flee on a flight," he said. "He has stashes of secret locations involving money and is harmful to the community."

However, Mr Dakin granted Brown bail, imposing strict conditions and a $200,000 surety.

Brown's father requested the amount be reduced to $150,000.

Mr Behan told the court it would be difficult for his client's father, a local landscaper, to come up with the money.

But Mr Dakin said the surety would not be changed.

"I have real concerns about this young man being in the community," the magistrate said.

"He's been involved in serious criminal offences for a significant amount of time."

  • Correction and apology: An earlier version of this story listed charges relating to ice and heroin-laden pills. This was incorrect and we apologise for it.

 

THURSDAY 12.20pm: A TEENAGER has been charged with drug possession and supply offences after his bedroom was searched yesterday.

In August 2016, police commenced an investigation into the supply and distribution of drugs in the area, a statement from the NSW Police Force said.

Yesterday detectives attached to Tweed/Byron Bay Local Area Command executed a search warrant at a home on Patterson Street, Byron Bay.

During the search, police located cannabis; methamphetamine and Viagra in an 18-year-old man's bedroom.

A vehicle was also seized from the property which it will be alleged was used in the distribution of illegal drugs.

He was charged with 13 offences including ongoing supply of prohibited drug, possess prohibited drug and supply prohibited drug.

The man will appear in Byron Bay Local Court today.

Topics:  byron bay crime drugs editors picks police viagra



LISTEN: Resident airs frustrations over parking debacle

Paid parking has pushed hospital commuters into suburbia, proving problematic for residents.

Parking pressures felt in suburbia of hospital precinct

Slaves in Byron: The dark side of housing crisis

Housing generic.

A darker side to Byron's economy

NSW Sport comments on Lennox Head Ski Jump

An artist impression of the Ski jump facility at Lennox Head. The size of the structure has upset locals, but it may not be as big as it appears in the artist impression.

Lennox Head Ski Jump on its four week exhibition

Local Partners

Lismore City Council to demolish much-loved Lake Pool

LISMORE City councillors have backed down from spending $2.75 million to refurbish the Lismore Lake Pool, the scene of many happy childhood memories.


First female superhero film in 12 years

AMAZON: Actress Gal Gadot in a scene from the film Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman opens next Thursday

Stories Troy Cassar-Daley carries around

LEGEND: Troy Cassar-Daley after receiving the Golden Guitar Award for Album of the Year during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.

You can see him in Ballina this weekend

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Rebel Wilson says she didn’t have to lie to make it

I’M not glamorous, but that doesn’t make me a liar: that’s the message from Rebel Wilson on her second day in the witness box.

All bets on Judah to win battle to become the Voice

Judah Kelly from The Voice.

Judah Kelly is the clear favourite to win the competition.

Kim Kardashian slammed over Manchester tribute

Kim Kardashian's tribute to Manchester didn't go down well

Top Gun 2 movie is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Top Gun.

TOM Cruise delights fans with announcement on Sunrise.

The first Baywatch movie reviews are in

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

Critics were less than impressed.

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

Stacey Louise’s sex lie destroys her relationship.

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life.

Why Crowe’s thankful for those ‘bulls**t’ rumours

Russell Crowe and Terri Irwin in 2007.

Crowe and Terri Irwin have been dodging dating rumours for years now

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Slaves in Byron: The dark side of housing crisis

Housing generic.

A darker side to Byron's economy

Bonville to become new housing hub

REZONING: Large areas of Bonville have been rezoned for residential

Land rezoning will turn farmland into housing

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!