Witness tells of 'money drop-offs' for CQ drug ring
A WITNESS who worked for convicted drug manufacturers in central Queensland for about a year says he transported between $40,000 to $100,000 cash in "money drop-offs" in the 1990s.
It was revealed in a trial yesterday that witness Corey Dangerfield carried sums of cash between $40,000 and $100,000 for Michael Paul Falzon, of Ilbilbie, and James Thomas O'Brien, of Rockhampton, who are serving prison sentences for trafficking and producing methylamphetamine.
The men are facing a battle in the Brisbane Supreme Court to stop authorities confiscating their money under the proceeds of crime laws.
Mr Dangerfield said yesterday he worked for the men for a year before he was sacked in the late 1990s.
He said during the first drop-off he carried about $40,000 from Mr Falzon and delivered it to Mr O'Brien.
Mr Dangerfield said he was told that if he was pulled over to say the money came from opals.
He admitted: "I did think it was unusual."
"It was a bit fast, the way that I had to take this money down, when I thought it would have been easier just to go and put it in the bank and they could have had it that day," he said.
While Mr Dangerfield has said in a previous hearing the sums in the money drop-offs varied from $40,000 to $60,000, yesterday the witness said it could have been about $100,000.
"After the first time they doubled the amount because it was so successful," he said.
Mr Dangerfield also spoke about his participation in drug cooks and how it would be a few months in between cooks and money drop-offs.
The witness also spoke about a "hidey-hole" where guns were stored.
The trial continues.