Drug lords refused sentence appeal
THREE Gold Coast men behind a drug syndicate that organised multi-million dollar deals involving hundreds of thousands of ecstasy tablets will not be allowed to appeal against their lengthy jail sentences.
Jason Edward Brophy, Darren John Jenkins and John Leslie Rollason, all from the Gold Coast, were last year jailed for trafficking the illicit party pill between September and November 2004.
Brophy and Jenkins were also charged with supplying the drug.
Brophy was sentenced to 17 years' jail while Jenkins received 10 years and Rollason 12 years.
During Brophy's and Jenkins' trial in the Supreme Court in Brisbane, the court was told the syndicate had organised two major drug deals with more than 180,000 ecstasy tablets - estimated to be worth at least $16 million - to be transported interstate from Gosford, in NSW, to the Gold Coast.
Brophy was head of the operation in Australia while Rollason was in charge of the distribution of tablets to dealers for sale and Jenkins organised their transport and payment.
The group was believed to be sourcing a further 320,000 tablets prior to the arrests in November 2004 and planning to distribute 500,000 pills on the Gold Coast.
At the time, the court was told it was the largest ecstasy trafficking case ever to come before the Queensland courts.
The trio made an application to the Court of Appeal to be allowed to appeal their sentences on the grounds they were manifestly excessive.
Another accomplice, Robert John Green, 37, from the Gold Coast, who received a six-year sentence for similar charges, was not involved in the appeal.
The Court of Appeal handed down its judgment on Friday, saying the men knew what they were involved in.
It also noted Jenkins' and Rollason's previous convictions for drug running and the fact Brophy had shown no remorse.