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Brothers Jailed For Dealing Heroin

Brothers William Garnett Phillips and Leigh Garnett Phillips have been jailed after a Supreme Court Trial in Brisbane relating to an array of offences relating to a drug business.

Mr William Phillips was represented by barrister Alastair McDougall. Mr Leigh Phillips was represented by barrister Angus Edwards. Counsel was instructed by Bosscher Lawyers solicitors Tim Meehan and Sam Breach.

The brothers were targeted during Operation Hotel Foot in 2009 and 2010. Police found $7505 in a wallet and an ounce of gold bullion, as well as various amounts of heroin in sealed containers. Tick sheets, digital scales, seal bags, weapons and quantities of meth, cocaine, cannabis and three tablets of Subutex were also found.

Both Willam and Leigh were arrested and charged on April 20 , 2012.

Alastair McDougall, for William, presented the Court with a psychiatric report entailing his clients mental health issues and upbringing.

Angus Edwards, for Leigh, informed the Court of Leigh’s heroin addiction following a serious car crash in 2007 and the death of his mother. Ultimately this led to his failed marriage and moving to live with his brother, where the offending began.

William was sentenced to five years and nine months imprisonment, and will be eligible for parole on December 22, 2014.

Leigh was sentenced to five years and five months, and will be eligible for parole on November 22, 2015.

70 Kilos of Drugs Seized from Outdoor Furniture

The joint operation of the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service intercepted a 70 kilogram ice bust found in furniture that was shipped from Hong Kong. According to the authorities, the worth of said methamphetamine can reach up to $42 million.

Earlier this month, the customs office received a tip off from an unnamed source and acted immediately. The shipping container arrived in Sydney from Hong Kong. It carried with it, an outdoor dining set. However, after further inspection of the package including X-rays, the authorities were shocked to see 70 kilos of the drug that was hidden inside the frame of five lounges.

The AFP, in conjunction with customs officers, moved in on an operation in Fairfield. Homes were raided in Sydney overnight where three Sydney men were arrested. They are expected to appear in Sydney Central Local Court, represented by Alex Jones of Bosscher Lawyers.