WIDE BAY Rebels bikie gang president
Adam McCrea fronted court yesterday
along with those accused of trafficking
cocaine for the drug ring he allegedly
On March 11 this year McCrea was
arrested near Tiaro after police pulled
him over on the Bruce Highway and
allegedly found cocaine in his car.
The court heard that in the lead- up to
his arrest police had been monitoring
members of the Rebels bikie gang, and in
particular McCrea, as part of an
investigation into what they believed
was a cocaine trafficking ring between
Hervey Bay and the Gold Coast.
Eight people including McCrea have been
charged with drug trafficking as part of
Operation Ice Mix.
Yesterday morning two of those accused,
Mark Darran Berghofer and Peter Ross
Hill, were the first to face the Hervey
Bay Magistrates Court.
They were released on bail and ordered
to stand trial in the Hervey Bay
District Court on a date to be set.
The remaining six, McCrea, Bradley James
Allan Cameron, Joshua Shane Carew, Kylee
Heather Anderson, Steven Michael Smith
and Lisa Joan Thomas, are taking part in
a committal hearing which started
yesterday afternoon and is expected to
continue today and tomorrow.
The bulk of the afternoon was taken up
by the playing of a tape recorded
interview between police and McCrea's
sister Lisa Thomas.
At the time officers had just searched
Ms Thomas's home after intercepting a
phone call where McCrea organised his
sister to drive to Cameron's house in
Southport and pick up money he said was
owed to him.
While Ms Thomas admitted she had made
the trip to pick up the money she said
she had “no idea” what it was for.
She said McCrea had been “really crook
with the flu” at the time and that she
wanted to help him out because she knew
he had solicitor bills to take care of.
When asked if she knew how McCrea
managed to maintain his lifestyle on a
disability pension Ms Thomas said she
didn't want to know.
“I'm not stupid,” Ms Thomas said.
“But I love my brother.
“I don't condone what he does but he's
still my brother.”