Jason Trouchet arrives at Gold Coast Airport last week after being extradited from NSW.
Jason Trouchet arrives at Gold Coast Airport last week after being extradited from NSW.

‘Penthouses and prostitutes’ bikie freed on bail

AN accused bikie alleged to be "largely responsible" for the Gold Coast drug trade has been granted bail.

Jason Trouchet, 45, wore a tight black t-shirt when he appeared in Southport Magistrates Court this morning to face serious drug charges.

Trouchet is also alleged to be involved in a boiler room fraud scam.

Magistrate Joan White said the police case against Trouchet was "not strong".

"It may well be that the prosecution case will strengthen as time goes on but having regard to that objection to bail affidavit it is not a particularly strong case with regard to the case today," she said.

Jason Trouchet has been released on strict bail conditions.
Jason Trouchet has been released on strict bail conditions.


 

It is alleged Trouchet did not speak about his drug trade on the phone often, but preferred face-to-face meetings.

Police will allege his co-accused were not so disciplined and spoke about the trade on phone calls intercepted by police.

Trouchet's lawyer Adam Guest, of Guest Lawyers, told the court that the fact Trouchet did not speak on the phone did not mean he was involved in the drug trade.

"The lack of evidence on the phone is not supportive of him being above the others," Mr Guest said.

Ms White placed Trouchet on strict conditions including reporting to police three times a week, living at an address in New South Wales and a curfew between 11pm and 5am.

She said a surety was not warranted because Trouchet was already on parole and if he misstepped he would be returned to custody immediately.

 

Magistrate Joan White said the police case against Trouchet was “not strong”.
Magistrate Joan White said the police case against Trouchet was “not strong”.


Trouchet is alleged to have been caught by a police sting spending big on prostitutes, restaurants and penthouses during 2014 and 2015.

He is alleged to be one of the key players in the Gold Coast drug trade between April 8, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

"Investigations revealed Trouchet often had access to unexplained sums of cash suspected of being derived from the drug trade and further illicit activities," court documents allege.

"Trouchet was not financially disciplined and would spend excessively on prostitutes, restaurants and drugs."

Police allege he was a "silent member" of the Mongols, acted as an enforcer for drug debts and was in regular contact with New South Wales crime figures Whalid 'Wally' Ahmad and Ricky Ciano.