A KEY witness in a multi-million dollar meth manufacturing
case admitted to never actually seeing major drug deals involving Ilbilbie
man Michael Paul Falzon.
Up to $34 million in crime profits are claimed against the
convicted drug trafficker and fellow Rebels bikie James Thomas O'Brien, from
Their guilt is not in question but the degree of their
profits is up for debate.
O'Brien's former girlfriend and self-confessed drug mule
was interrogated via audio-link about Falzon's connection to the operation.
Her knowledge of his involvement was far less explicit
than that of O'Brien, for whom she would help "cut pure speed down to street
level" and transport drugs.
When asked if she saw Falzon deal drugs, she said: "No,
only a bit of cannabis to me".
She believed Falzon to be a major partner in the lucrative
criminal trade, despite accusations from his legal team she was "padding
out" her assumptions or "simply lying" out of spite.
"I have not embellished Mr Falzon's role in this," she
The court heard the operation's tentacles spread all over
Queensland, with the woman stating one of O'Brien's middle-men supplied
"most speed users in Dalby".
She was told anecdotally about Falzon "doing cooks" at
properties around central Queensland but said she only actually witnessed
him at one such meth lab.
Seeing Falzon and O'Brien wearing blue overalls on another
occasion was attributed to "the cook".
"They bought those overalls for the cook. I remember
seeing them wearing them," she said.
She claimed large amounts of phosphoric acid, a key
ingredient in creating crystal meth, were supplied by her brother to O'Brien
on several occasions.
Barrister Richard Douglas, acting for the State of
Queensland, questioned the woman only briefly after a two-day grilling from
Falzon's legal team.
The woman's son, a police drugs expert and a scientist are
next in line to give evidence.