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08th Aug 2018

Irish Musician And DJ Jailed For Massive Drug Bust In Australia

Darragh Berry

An Irish DJ has been jailed after he was caught supplying large amounts of cocaine and ecstasy down under.

The man in question, according to NTN Australia, was behind a force of people who were helping spread drugs around party scenes in Australia.

Meath man, Stephen Donnelly (37) along with an Englishman, Frenchman and an Aussie was arrested following a big police operation.

He has been sentenced to nearly seven years in prison at the Supreme Court in Darwin.

Donnelly was well known on the music scene in Ireland before moving to Australia.

Police said that they seized around 5,000 ecstacy tablets as well as Cocaine with a value of nearly €500,000.

Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services said on their Facebook page at the time of the arrest that:

“Members from Joint Organised Crime Taskforce Nemesis have charged four males following a four-month operation into the supply of illicit drugs in the Northern Territory.

“The operation identified a sophisticated syndicate that transported MDMA and cocaine from the United Kingdom to Darwin,” Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Stringer said.

“Police allege that on 8 October, two males traveled to Mount Isa where they collected a package containing drugs.

“The pair then traveled back to Darwin on 11 October and dropped the package at a Darwin CBD storage shed. They were arrested shortly after.

“A third male attended the shed and collected items from the package. Upon doing so, members from Taskforce Nemesis and the Territory Response Group arrested him.

“The package was found to contain 1.2 kilograms of MDMA pills and 127 grams of cocaine.

“Two search warrants were then carried out at two Darwin residences where a fourth man was arrested. During these warrants, police seized five grams of MDMA along with a number of electronic devices.”

A 36-year-old Irish national, a 31-year-old UK national, a 24-year-old French national and a 41-year-old Darwin man were all charged with supply commercial quantity of a schedule 1 drug (x2).

They were remanded in custody to appear in Darwin Local Court today.

These latest results add to three arrests that occurred in July 2017 when police seized 400 grams of MDMA and 230 grams of cocaine.

Police will allege the syndicate has been involved in multiple importations over the last 12 months that contribute significantly to the Darwin cocaine and MDMA market.

“This is another excellent result for Taskforce Nemesis, which is committed to providing a multi-agency approach to combat illicit substances that enter the Territory,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Stringer.

“The message to drug traffickers is simple: Your business is not welcome here, and we will continue to use all resources available to dismantle your trade and bring you to justice.”