A CONVENIENCE store owner caught
supplying cannabis from premises allegedly used as a makeshift bikie
clubhouse lost both his shops after $46,000 was seized from him
during the investigation.
Brett Burnell, 52, was arrested
following a Taskforce Maxima raid behind the San Fernando’s Takeaway and
Convenience Store on October 24 in 2014.
Police found 3.813kg of cannabis, a
small quantity of cocaine and arrested a man jumping the back fence
after being supplied 28g of cannabis.
At the time they said the premises
were being used as a “meeting and de facto clubhouse” for the Odins
Warriors motorcycle gang.
In the Southport District Court
yesterday Burnell pleaded guilty to supplying cannabis and possessing
more than 500g of cannabis.
Crown prosecutor Nicholas McGhee said
the first lot of cannabis was found in a protein bucket which, he said,
was accepted as belonging to Burnell.
He said there was also a large
quantity of cannabis in a blue cooler bag on the dining room table, with
four sealed plastic bags which contained cannabis.
“It’s accepted that the way the
cannabis was packaged in that cooler bag and the weight … that it was a
commercial quantity,” he said.
Mr McGhee said there was no allegation
Burnell was selling the drug commercially as his phone was analysed with
nothing found and the seized cash had been earned through the store.
Defence barrister Bernard Reilly said
his client lost both of his convenience stores as a result of the
investigation, after $46,000 in cash was seized.
“They seized money from the shops
which essentially comprised of working capital for the two businesses,
in addition to some banking,” he said.
“Ultimately, the police concluded the
money could not be shown to be anything other than legitimately
Judge Clive Wall said Burnell had not
been involved with commercially supplying the drug but was supplying to
Burnell was sentenced to nine months
in jail, wholly suspended for 12 months.