The deal was struck in the cells of a Canberra
The bikie enforcer had a cache of
ecstasy tablets he would sell for $6000 cash per thousand pills.
The bikie would contact the buyer when he was released
Owen Roscoe Oswald Turnbull, 27, pleaded guilty in
the ACT Magistrates Court on Tuesday to one count of drug trafficking.
Turnbull, a former high ranking member of the
Nomads Outlaw Motorcycle Club, was originally charged with eight separate
counts of drug trafficking.
However, defence lawyer Peter Woodhouse told the
court his client's guilty plea was to one charge, which covered a period
between January and April this year.
other seven counts were then withdrawn by prosecutors in court on
Court documents said Turnbull, of Isabella Plains,
had sold 4316 pills for $28,950 across five separate deals over a
Analysis revealed the pills had contained
Court documents said the agreement had been
struck when Turnbull, at the time the sergeant-at-arms of the Nomads ACT
chapter, and a man, identified as Civilian Participant, or CP, had a
chance encounter while locked up in the ACT Magistrates Court cells on
unrelated matters in October last year.
CP then made contact with Turnbull in December to
organise a series of deals via a secure messaging app.
On January 5 CP paid Turnbull $3550 for 545
tablets during a car ride in Erindale.
Turnbull then reported to the Tuggeranong Police
Station for bail immediately after the deal.
Analysis of the package containing the drugs
contained Turnbull’s DNA.
On January 23, Turnbull sold the man 783 pills
for $3900 in a carpark at the Monash shops.
On January 31, CP collected 1013 MDA tablets from
Turnbull in an Isabella Plains park.
Later that evening, an undercover police officer delivered $6500 in
payment for the drugs.
During the exchange, Turnbull offered to sell the
officer pills directly for $7 per tablet, but cautioned him not to tell
On February 15, Turnbull sold the undercover
officer 995 pills for $7500.
On March 8, he sold the officer another 980
pills for the same price.
Turnbull also organised the sale of 1982 pills for
$14,000 on April 5.
Court documents said
he had trafficked a total of 6298 pills, weighing more than 1.5
kilograms, for $42,950.
Police estimated the street value of the drugs to
be about $157,450.
Police raided Turnbull’s Isabella Plains home
on April 21, where he was arrested.
He has been in custody since.
The matter was committed to the ACT Supreme Court
for sentence and will appear for mention next month.