A FORMER Gold Coast outlaw motorcycle gang
member serving 13 years jail for trafficking
amphetamines today told a court he used to
regularly be in possession of quantities of
cold-and-flu tablets usually used to produce
But he claims to
have only used the legally available
over-the-counter medication to bulk up while pumping
Cannon told the Supreme Court in Brisbane he never
used cold tablets to manufacture amphetamines --
referred to on the street as speed -- but rather to
help him as part of his body building regimen.
Cannon, 51, a
former Finks gang member, took to the witness stand
for the first time today as the Queensland
Government attempts to secure an almost $27 million
criminal proceeds order against him.
criminal watchdog, on behalf of the State
Government, alleges Cannon accumulated cash and
property worth between $9 million and $27 million
through trafficking amphetamines between December
31, 1995, and January 15, 2003.
The CMC is seeking
an order against Cannon for $26,905,500 which it
claims the convicted trafficker raised during his
The CMC has
confirmed the sum of so-called criminal proceeds is
the highest ever sought in Queensland and that
Cannon is the first person to have property frozen
under the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002.
Hinson, SC, for the Director of Public Prosecutions,
has told the court any "proceeds assessment" order
should be determined on what the court accepted was
the going "street price" for amphetamines at the
time Cannon was trafficking the illicit drug.
Mr Hinson said that
Cannon, at the time of his arrest in early 2003, was
in possession of enough precursor drugs, such as
ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, to produce 244kg of
methyl-amphetamine with a purity of more than 60 per
A jury convicted
Cannon in October 2005 on charges of trafficking and
possessing dangerous drugs.
cross-examination by Mr Hinson, today testified that
on "a couple of occasions" between 1999 and 2003 he
had been in possession of "more than one box of
Sudafed" cold-and-flu tablets.
He said at no time
had he ever extracted pseudoephedrine from the
medication for use in the production of
amphetamines, nor had he instructed anyone to carry
out the process.
claimed he took "one or two tablets" or a "1/4 of a
teaspoon" of ephedrine, in powder form, up to "three
times a week" during his regular body building
"I've been in the
gym industry ... (and) it (pseudoephedrine and
ephedrine) has been used for years," Cannon said.
"It oxygenates your
blood cells and gives you a bigger pump."
Cannon denied ever
purchasing or obtaining large quantities of any
pre-cursor drug to manufacture speed.
"Did I ever
purchase large quantities? Never," he said.
When Cannon was
arrested, it was revealed he owned a waterfront
mansion and several other properties, a Jaguar
sports car and two catamarans.
The hearing before
Justice Peter Applegarth is unfinished.