A number of Mackay men and women were arrested as part of operation Romeo suitcase, a police sting targeting drug trafficking from the Gold Coast to Cairns.
A number of Mackay men and women were arrested as part of operation Romeo suitcase, a police sting targeting drug trafficking from the Gold Coast to Cairns.

Charges dropped, replaced against one alleged trafficker

SOME charges have been dropped and others replaced against one of the people accused of being a player in a Mackay drug syndicate linked to a bikie gang.

Jack Michael Thomson is facing 26 charges including trafficking and possessing drugs and weapons.

Mackay Magistrates Court heard prosecution was offering no evidence in relation to three counts of possessing dangerous drugs.

Prosecutor David Epstein also handed up replacement charges for five other offences including a circumstance of aggravation being removed of a possess cocaine charge.

North Mackay man Jack Michael Thomson is facing a number of drug-related charges including trafficking.
North Mackay man Jack Michael Thomson is facing a number of drug-related charges including trafficking.

The court heard Mr Thomson is now facing a charge of aggravated possession of both oxymethalone, which is an anabolic steroid, and testosterone, as well as possessing flubromazolam.

Mr Thomson was discharged of one count possessing a category A firearm, which has been replaced with possession of two category H firearms.

Defence solicitor Corey Cullen, who acts for a number of the people co-accused including Mr Thomson in these allegations, tried to have the curfew condition removed from his bail conditions.

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Magistrate Bronwyn Hartigan agreed the condition was too harsh for the allegation but said she could not remove it because Mr Thomson was on Supreme Court bail.

His matters were adjourned to May 10 for mention.

Cases against a number of the co-accused were mentioned before Ms Hartigan on Friday.

Mr Cullen requested to withdraw as solicitor for Chloe Victoria Smith, who has engaged Hannay Lawyers to act on her behalf.

Solicitor Daniel Hannay, who appeared by phone, apologised for forgetting about her case mention on Friday as he had “been focusing on” her Supreme Court matter with the Crime and Corruption Commission.

The court heard briefs of evidence had been ordered for Ms Smith, who faces 42 charges including trafficking, supplying dangerous drugs and multiple breaches of bail, and the case would be going to the Supreme Court. Her matters were adjourned to May 10.

Chloe Victoria Smith and Reece William Luscombe are accused of trafficking drugs.
Chloe Victoria Smith and Reece William Luscombe are accused of trafficking drugs.

Mr Cullen was granted leave with withdraw. He does still act for Ms Smith’s partner Reece William Luscombe, who is in custody.

Mr Luscombe is facing 23 charges including trafficking, unlawful possession of weapons and supplying dangerous drugs. Mr Cullen said the more serious offences had already been committed to the Supreme Court. His case was adjourned to May 10.

James William Corrigan, who is also in custody, is facing 14 charges, including one count of trafficking.

Mr Cullen asked for an adjournment to take instructions for a registry committal, which will move the matters to the higher court. His case was adjourned to February 1.

James William Corrigan is facing 14 charges including one count of trafficking.
James William Corrigan is facing 14 charges including one count of trafficking.

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Kristopher Thomas Coulson has also been arrested and charged in relation to operation Romeo Suitcase.

He was granted bail on residential, reporting and no contact conditions. His case was adjourned to May 10.

Mr Thomson’s girlfriend Kristen Lee Pulfer, who is facing eight charges including aggravated drug possession, possessing weapons and breaching bail, also had her case mentioned.

Mr Cullen said he had filed the registry committal paperwork. The court heard prosecution had also completed the paperwork. Her case, which will be going to the Supreme Court, was adjourned to May 10.

Kristen Lee Pulfer and Jack Michael Thomson were arrested in relation to police operation Romeo Suitcase targeting drug offences in the region.
Kristen Lee Pulfer and Jack Michael Thomson were arrested in relation to police operation Romeo Suitcase targeting drug offences in the region.

Romeo Suitcase targeted an alleged major drug syndicate spanning from the Gold Coast to Cairns over six months. It is also alleged the network was linked to the Finks Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

Shannon Matthew Hita is also facing a trafficking charge as a result of the operation. The more serious of his charges have been committed to the Supreme Court. His case was briefly mentioned on Friday.


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