An eight-month police investigation has culminated in the arrest of a Unanderra man who has been charged with supplying $75,000 of ecstasy pills.
Hotelier Michael Mijailovic, 23, allegedly sold 5000 tablets of the drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy, in Bowral and at various locations around Wollongong including in the car park of the Unanderra public swimming pool.
Wollongong Local Court heard yesterday that each pill had a street value of $15. Mijailovic faced 45 drug supply charges, some involving the drug LSD, which he allegedly sold in much smaller amounts.
In facts tendered to the court, police said Mijailovic, of Carr Parade, sold batches of between 150 and 400 ecstasy pills between November 12 last year and August 23.
Some of the pills were embossed with the Chanel logo, while others were stamped CKS – known on the street as Calvin Klein ecstasy tablets.
Co-accused Ali Ibrahim, a University of Wollongong medical science graduate, also faced court yesterday charged with one count of supplying Mijailovic with more than 400grams of ecstasy at Lake Illawarra on May 24.
The 23-year-old has also been charged with supplying 160grams of crystal methamphetamine at Narwee, a suburb of southern Sydney, on July 18.
Applying for bail on Ibrahim’s behalf, barrister Jane Healey said her client was a model citizen who had completed his undergraduate degree and was in the process of applying for post-graduate studies.
She said Ibrahim, who had lived in the Illawarra all his life, intended to plead not guilty to the charges, which she said were based on mobile telephone surveillance evidence.
‘‘The prosecution case relies on codes in these telephone intercepts...but there’s always a reasonable explanation,’’ Ms Healey said.
‘‘He [Ibrahim] is a young man of good character who has spent time and effort completing his studies in a timely manner. He is not a flight risk and has strong ties to the community.’’
Magistrate Susan McGowan refused bail due to the strength of the prosecution case and the seriousness of the alleged offences.
Mijailovic, who was convicted of supplying a drug in May last year, also applied for bail on grounds of exceptional circumstances.
The court heard that he may have suffered brain damage following a severe head injury earlier this year, which had left him in hospital in a coma for a period of time.
Ms Healey said Mijailovic would be vulnerable in custody and at risk of suicide due to depression.
Opposing bail, police prosecutor Kylie Talty alleged Mijailovic had continued to supply drugs after he had suffered the head injury.
Magistrate McGowan refused bail, noting that if medical evidence was provided to the court at a later date, bail may be an issue for consideration. Mijailovic did not enter any pleas.
Both matters were adjourned to Wollongong District Court on October 23.