DRUG BUST: MDMA pills siezed during Operation Lima Hacksaw raids in November, 2015.
DRUG BUST: MDMA pills siezed during Operation Lima Hacksaw raids in November, 2015.

Drug lord hired bikie boss to recover debts: court

HIS name is synonymous with old Hollywood but budding drug baron "Bing Crosby” Cosca Jnr didn't make the big time as a classical crooner.

Instead, the 29-year-old's path to the glamorous life was forged via a massive meth and MDMA pill trafficking business which could land him in jail for up to 25 years.

Cosca, the ring-leader of lucrative Rebels bikie-linked syndicate which operated across Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Northern NSW, fronted Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday for day one of his sentencing hearing.

He and four other alleged Rebels members were arrested during a major police sting which netted 70 people, more than $500,000 cash and $5million worth of drugs in November, 2015.

Crown Prosecutor Jodie Woolridge said Cosca ran the drug business from his base at the Casino Towers apartments in Brisbane's CBD and had an identified customer list of at least 20 people - several of whom were also "high-end” drug traffickers.

She said Cosca stood to make $68,000 from just one sale and a "tick sheet” discovered during the raids revealed he had at least $380,000 in outstanding debts owed to him.

Ms Woolridge said while surveillance footage from the hotel complex showed Cosca was a cocaine user, there was no evidence to suggest he was drug dependent and the primary motivation of the business was to make money.

Police allege Tweed Rebels Sergeant-at-Arms Joshua John Lucey and a team of patched or aspiring gang members were Cosca's drug runners.

The court heard that on at least one occasion, Cosca hired Lucey as his muscle to recover an outstanding drug debt.

Defence barrister John Fraser QC, argued it was a one-off situation where no actual violence but " a general reminder” was used to recover the money and insisted his client was not in the habit of using stand-over tactics.

He argued changes to the Queensland Government's anti-criminal gang VLAD laws meant the alleged link to the outlaw motorcycle club was no longer "relevant”.

Justice Ann Lyons said she would need the rest of the day and evening to wade through the volume of documents tendered and comparable cases.

Cosca will be sentenced on Tuesday morning.

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