Hells Angels Darkside president Mohammed Khodr jailed, but keeps undercover cops’ cash
- Herald Sun
- January 30, 2015
AN ICE-trafficking bikie boss will not have to repay any of the hundreds of thousands of dollars paid to him by undercover police in a five-month sting, a judge has ordered.
President of the Hells Angels Darkside chapter Mohammed Khodr received $220,000 of taxpayer money from cops in exchange for 910 grams of methylamphetamine.
County Court Judge Michael Bourke sentenced the 27-year-old to seven-and-a-half years’ imprisonment but refused the prosecution’s application for Khodr to repay just $78,200 of the hand-out.
He said the Balwyn North man, who will serve a minimum term of five years, would not be in any position to repay the debt when released from jail.
Khodr was on a suspended sentence when police contacted him through a car advertisement he placed on online trading site Gumtree and began buying increasing quantities of ice from him.
Following a request, Khodr also sold a semi-automatic pistol and ammunition to undercover police for $10,500.
He was arrested in February 2014 — around the time his only child was born — at a staged drug sale meeting, turned police raid.
The court heard it was not clear how much Khodr profited from the sales.
Judge Bourke said he had a “substantial number of prior court appearances” for violence, dishonesty, drug, property and firearms offences.
The court heard Khodr suffered psychological symptoms — including anxiety and depression — and cognitive effects from an acquired brain injury, which made him more immature and prone to impulsive behaviour and “mindless aggression”.
The judge found this did not reduce his moral culpability for the offending, which required consideration and organisation, but would make his time in prison more difficult.
He is currently in lockdown 23 hours per day at Barwon Prison due to an assault on a prison officer.
Khodr, originally charged with 24 offences, pleaded guilty to trafficking a large commercial quantity of the drug ice — which carries a maximum term of life imprisonment — and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
Judge Bourke said the offending was “extremely serious” because ice was “highly damaging to our community” but ordered a lower than normal non-parole period, saying Khodr had some prospects of rehabilitation.
He ordered that the six-month suspended sentence for offences including making a threat to kill, possessing steroids and weapons and assaulting police be served at the same time.
No penalty was imposed for the charge of breaching a suspended sentence.
Defence counsel Emma Turnbull earlier warned Khodr — who appeared via video link — not to react when his sentence was handed down.
“No wobbly?” he joked.
“I thought I was the gift that keeps on giving.”
His co-accused, 28-year-old Logo Afuie — who helped Khodr source the drugs that were sold to police — will be sentenced next week.