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Post by innsaneink » Wed 07 Feb, 2018 6:09 pm

The ringleader of a drug syndicate which supplied cocaine to several Queensland football stars, including Karmichael Hunt in 2015, has been sentenced to nine years' jail after pleading guilty to trafficking dangerous drugs.

John Touma, a former NRL Sydney Roosters player, pleaded guilty to four offences including supplying, possessing and trafficking dangerous drugs.

Touma was charged in 2015 after a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation involving phone taps.

Several past and present NRL players were implicated in the CCC investigation, but charges were dismissed against four of them.

Former Gold Coast Titans player David Taylor was fined $1,000 after pleading guilty in November 2016 to possessing cocaine.

Queensland Reds player Karmichael Hunt pleaded guilty to his involvement in March 2015 and was fined $2,500 for cocaine possession.

Prosecutor Mark Whitbread told the court Touma dealt with large amounts of cocaine and supplied drugs to 48 people in south-east Queensland, including 11 regular customers.

"Touma was identified as the head of the network," he said.

"The business was well established and dealing with large quantities.

"Mr Touma's operation involved him having a front … a wine-selling type of business. It was clearly a front."
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Photo: Karmichael Hunt has been fined after pleading guilty to four counts of possessing cocaine. (AAP: Dave Hunt)

The court heard Touma's drug trafficking was carried out over a seven-month period from May to December 2014.

Touma's barrister said the cocaine business began after his mother was murdered and he had a falling out with family.

Ex-NRL player Matt Seers also pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court in Brisbane to trafficking cocaine as part of the syndicate.

He received four years' imprisonment, to be suspended after serving one year.

The prosecution said Seers was involved for four and a half months, and made drug deliveries on behalf of Touma.

"He made six trips to Sydney on behalf of Mr Touma," Mr Whitbread said.

Seer's barrister Patrick Wilson told the court his client was introduced to drugs during his playing days and that is when his addiction to cocaine began.

Mr Wilson said Seers was "embarrassed and ashamed" for the impact the publicity has had on his family.

"[Seers was] unequipped to handle life post-retirement from professional sports," he said.


Two other associates of Touma, Adam Surplice and Peter Kassiotes, have also pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine for their involvement in delivering drugs.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-07/j ... ne/9404556


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Post by happy tiger » Wed 07 Feb, 2018 6:16 pm

Going to be a tough side to beat in the prison comp

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Post by Tigerdon » Wed 07 Feb, 2018 6:19 pm

:lol:
happy tiger wrote:
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Going to be a tough side to beat in the prison comp
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Post by happy tiger » Wed 07 Feb, 2018 6:22 pm

Tigerdon wrote:
Wed 07 Feb, 2018 6:19 pm
:lol:
happy tiger wrote:
Wed 07 Feb, 2018 6:16 pm
Going to be a tough side to beat in the prison comp
They struggle with recruitment , no TPA's and I believe David Fifita's wife is leading the cheerleaders

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Post by GNR4LIFE » Wed 07 Feb, 2018 6:43 pm

When you hit your mid 30’s, have no skills and are a meathead, drug trafficking seems like a logical path.


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Post by willow » Wed 07 Feb, 2018 7:40 pm

Matt Seers could barely spell his name when he finished school at St Gregs. Hardly surprising he ended up in gaol.

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Post by happy tiger » Wed 07 Feb, 2018 7:43 pm

GNR4LIFE wrote:
Wed 07 Feb, 2018 6:43 pm
When you hit your mid 30’s, have no skills and are a meathead, drug trafficking seems like a logical path.
Lots manage to work hard and do things the right way GNR

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Post by Go You Good Things » Wed 07 Feb, 2018 8:02 pm

happy tiger wrote:
Wed 07 Feb, 2018 6:22 pm
Tigerdon wrote:
Wed 07 Feb, 2018 6:19 pm
:lol:
happy tiger wrote:
Wed 07 Feb, 2018 6:16 pm
Going to be a tough side to beat in the prison comp
They struggle with recruitment , no TPA's and I believe David Fifita's wife is leading the cheerleaders
Let us never speak again of such sexist and demeaning things.
Cheerleaders . . . such a good idea from 1901 - January 2018.
So sexist and demeaning to women from last week.

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Post by innsaneink » Wed 07 Feb, 2018 8:22 pm

...and here we arrive at the fork in the thread

Is that you Salo?

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Post by Mac tiger » Wed 07 Feb, 2018 8:47 pm

Its a shame that things didn't work out for Seers. Really liked him at the Bears. Seem to recall him going berko after a relationship break up.

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Post by jirskyr » Thu 08 Feb, 2018 11:38 am

Matt Seers was a renowned coke-head in his playing days, used to always make jokes about him being able to "find the line" etc.

Not surprised he's gotten into legal trouble for it.

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Post by Fade To Black » Fri 09 Feb, 2018 7:38 am

Maybe if Darren Albert had been a copper Seers wouldn't have let him run him down to save a certain try in the 1997 prelim final. Cost the Bears a Grand Final berth that did.
Can see a hell of a lot of current NRL players having major problems with the law in a decade or so once their career is washed up.

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