Solicitor charged over alleged commercial supply of ice

By Jerome Doraisamy|03 July 2019

A New South Wales-based solicitor is one of three people who were today charged over an alleged commercial drug supply and participation in a criminal group.

The solicitor, a 62-year-old from Glebe, was arrested at his home earlier this morning, NSW Police said in a statement, with investigators executing a search warrant on his home.

Also arrested were a 40-year-old prison inmate at Goulburn Police Station and a 49-year-old woman at a home in Ashmont, with both arrests also occurring earlier today.

The arrests and search warrants pertain to ongoing investigations into the alleged murder of 15-year-old teenager Brayden Dillon, who was found by police at a home on Moresby Avenue, Glenfield, about 6:10am on Friday, 14 April 2017, in bed with a gunshot wound to his head.

At that time, a Sydney-based solicitor, whom the ABC named as Ali Abbas, was arrested and charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

Seven people all up have previously been charged by Strike Force Wongala, an investigation launched by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, assisted by the NSW Crime Commission and South West Metropolitan Region. Those persons charged remain before the courts.

The solicitor arrested this morning, whom NSW Police are yet to name, was taken to Newtown Police Station and “charged with knowingly direct activities of criminal group, participat[ing] in criminal group contribut[ing] to criminal activity, tak[ing] part [in the] supply [of] prohibited drug (commercial quantity), knowingly deal[ing] with proceeds of crime, hinder[ing] apprehension of person who committed serious offence, and hinder[ing] discovery of evidence regarding serious indictable [offence]”.

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He was refused bail to appear at Newtown Local Court today.

The prison inmate was “charged with knowingly direct activities of criminal group, supply of prohibited drug (commercial quantity), knowingly deal[ing] with proceeds of crime, and hinder[ing] apprehension of person who committed serious offence”.

“Police will allege in court the man utilised legal contact calls with a solicitor to direct a syndicate involved in the supply of methylamphetamine across the state between October 2017 and October 2018,” NSW Police said.

“It will be further alleged he organised payment to a man to assist him while he was wanted by police for serious firearm offences. He has been refused bail at Goulburn Local Court today.”

And the unnamed woman was “charged with participat[ing] in a criminal group contribut[ing] to criminal activity and supply of prohibited drug (commercial quantity). Police will allege in court that the woman supplied 400g of methylamphetamine in the Riverina region”.

She too was refused bail to appear at Wagga Wagga Local Court today.

Investigations under Strike Force Wongala are ongoing, NSW Police said. Anyone who has information that may assist the Strike Force is being urged to call Crime Stoppers.

More to come.

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