Drug ring raids net historic $360m cocaine haul

A former NRL player and a Bondi businessman have been linked to a drug ring after New South Wales Police recorded the biggest cocaine haul in Australia’s history.
The joint strike force between Australian Federal Police and the New South Wales Police drug squad arrested 15 men and seized about $360 million worth of cocaine.

Former Roosters player John Tobin is one of the accused smugglers, along with Bondi businessman Darren Mohr.

The criminal syndicate was allegedly using a trawler based at the Sydney Fish Market to meet a “mother ship” from South America to bring drugs into the country.

About 500 kilograms of the drug was seized on Christmas Day at Brooklyn on the central coast of New South Wales.

Police allege 600 kilograms was seized in Tahiti and 32 kilograms of heroin was found in Fiji with both loads destined for the market in Australia.

Acting Assistant Commissioner, Chris Sheehan, said the police operation had been running for almost three years and escalated with the arrests over the Christmas period.

“The criminal syndicate we have dismantled over the last few days was a robust, resilient and determined syndicate,” he said.


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Drug ring raids net historic $360m cocaine haul

By Siobhan Fogarty

Updated 18 minutes ago

Thu 29 Dec 2016, 12:17pm

A former NRL player and a Bondi businessman have been linked to a drug ring after New South Wales Police recorded the biggest cocaine haul in Australia’s history.

Key points:

  • 1.1 tonnes of cocaine worth $360 million seized by AFP and NSW police
  • Two seizures of cocaine make the biggest haul of the drug in Australian history
  • 15 men arrested including a former NRL player and a Bondi businessman

The joint strike force between Australian Federal Police and the New South Wales Police drug squad arrested 15 men and seized about $360 million worth of cocaine.

Former Roosters player John Tobin is one of the accused smugglers, along with Bondi businessman Darren Mohr.

The criminal syndicate was allegedly using a trawler based at the Sydney Fish Market to meet a “mother ship” from South America to bring drugs into the country.

About 500 kilograms of the drug was seized on Christmas Day at Brooklyn on the central coast of New South Wales.

Police allege 600 kilograms was seized in Tahiti and 32 kilograms of heroin was found in Fiji with both loads destined for the market in Australia.

Acting Assistant Commissioner, Chris Sheehan, said the police operation had been running for almost three years and escalated with the arrests over the Christmas period.

“The criminal syndicate we have dismantled over the last few days was a robust, resilient and determined syndicate,” he said.

“This is the largest cocaine seizure we have had in Australia.

“It posed an ongoing and continued threat to the Australian community and without the work of our police, would still be in action today.”

Tip-off from community led to bust

Assistant Police Commissioner, Mark Jenkins said a member of the community gave them a tip-off two and a half years ago that led to the cocaine haul.

“As a result, over one tonne of drugs has been prevented from reaching the streets of New South Wales and harming the community,” he said.

“That small piece of information has resulted in 15 arrests and a large seizure of drugs.”

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Video: Police seized 500kg worth of cocaine in NSW (ABC News)

Officers allege the group of men, aged from 29 to 63, are involved in the Australian criminal syndicate responsible for the attempted imports.

They have been charged with serious drug importation offences and eleven of the 15 men have appeared before Parramatta Local Court and were refused bail.

A 49-year-old man and a 63-year-old man are due to appear before Central Local Court today.

Two other men, a 33-year-old and 39-year-old are also expected to front Nowra Local Court today after they were arrested at Ulladulla yesterday.

Police said they were confident all alleged members of the criminal syndicate were in custody.

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Police smash cocaine ring at Sydney Fish Market in Christmas Day raid

By Rachel Olding, Latika Bourke, Rachel Browne

A former rugby league first grade player, a Bondi entrepreneur and a several fishermen are among 15 men arrested on Christmas Day in a multimillion-dollar cocaine ring bust.

Police will allege the men were imported more than a tonne of cocaine via the iconic Sydney Fish Market and other NSW ports.

Australian Federal Police Acting Assistant Commissioner Chris Sheehan described the alleged syndicate as “robust, resilient and determined”.

He told a packed Sydney press conference that the 15 arrested men were “determined to exploit some of the most vulnerable members of the community.”

The seizure of 500kg of cocaine in Sydney, 600kg of the drug in Tahiti and 32kg of heroin in Fiji make it the largest drug bust of its kind in Australia.

NSW Police State Crime Commander Mark Jenkins said all the drugs originated in South America before being transferred across the South Pacific by ship.

Several of the men were arrested on Christmas Day as they docked a shipping vessel named Dalrymple at the Sydney Fish Markets.

It’s alleged the boat was used to ferry drugs between NSW ports and a larger ship stationed out at sea that held drugs smuggled from Chile.

Operation Okesi, comprising officers from NSW Police, Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force, started over two-and-a-half-years after police received a “thread” of information.

Since then, five alleged importations by the sophisticated syndicate have been thwarted.

It includes the seizure of 32 kilograms of heroin by authorities in Fiji in December 2014 and the seizure of 606 kilograms of cocaine by authorities in Tahiti in March.

Officers then observed the Dalrymple depart the Sydney Fish Markets on December 3 and travel to the Central Coast. The vessel was monitored by Maritime Border Command and the NSW Police’s Marine Area Command.

On Christmas night, officers watched the crew launch a small one-man dinghy which allegedly travelled to Parlsey Bay at Brooklyn on the NSW Central Coast and met with two other men.

All three were arrested and about 500 kilograms of cocaine was seized from the dinghy.

Several other men were arrested on board the Dalrymple vessel as it docked at Sydney Fish Market on Christmas night.

A police source told Fairfax Media the syndicate thought they could take advantage of the festive season by striking on Christmas Day.

Authorities valued the total amount of cocaine seized at $360 million.

Among the men arrested is former Eastern Suburbs Roosters player John Roland Boyd Tobin, who played 125 matches as lock forward in the 1980s.

Bondi entrepreneur Darren John Mohr was also arrested. He lists his occupation as the owner Martini Motors and is also the former owner of the Bondi Rescue HQ cafe.

His Instagram profile shows a love of Harley Davidson motorbikes, Rolls Royce cars and being shirtless.

Police also arrested Reuben John Dawe, who lists his occupation as a maritime worker and commercial fisherman Joseph Pirrello, 63.

Other man arrested in the sting include Simon Peter Spero, 56, Graham Toa Toa, 42, Stuart Ayrton, 54, Jonathan Cooper, 29, Richard Lipton, 37, Frank D’Agostino, 54, and Benjamin Sara, 31.

They were all refused bail in Parramatta Bail Court on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Two other men, extradited from Tasmania and Queensland, will appear in Parramatta Bail Court on Thursday as well as two men arrested in the Nowra area.

Footage released by police show multiple men being arrested in the dark from on-board the Dalrymple fishing vessel.

One of the men shown with his hands tied behind his back is wearing only a pair of boxer shorts covered in cartoon pictures of crocodiles.

“This operation has been running for more than two-and-a-half years and culminated over the Christmas period,” a police statement reads.

The men were aged between 29 and 63 years old.  Police are due to address the media at 11am on Thursday.

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Music promoter Andrew McManus is one of five men who have been arrested over an alleged cocaine smuggling ring.


Andrew McManus, promoter to stars including Aerosmith, Laura Dundovic and KISS, arrested in international cocaine ring bust… after police trace $700,000 in cash he claimed was ‘for a Lenny Kravitz concert’

  • Music promoter Andrew McManus was arrested and charged by police
  • It is alleged the 54-year-old was part of an international drug trafficking ring
  • The investigation began when $702,000 was found in a hotel room in 2011
  • McManus claimed the money was payment for a Lenny Kravitz concert 

A prominent Australian music promoter is one of five men who have been arrested over an alleged cocaine smuggling ring.

A four-year joint investigation between NSW Police and the United States’ FBI led to the arrests of the group of men.

Detectives arrested three men in Sydney on Thursday night while a fourth man – 54-year-old music promoter Andrew McManus  – was arrested at Melbourne Airport, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Music promoter Andrew McManus has been arrested as part of an alleged international drug trafficking ring 

 Music promoter Andrew McManus has been arrested as part of an alleged international drug trafficking ring

It has also been reported the detained Sydney men were crime figure Craig Haeusler, Kings Cross solicitor Michael Croke and Auburn pastry shop owner Zeki Atilgan.

McManus has been charged with perverting the course of justice, two counts of intention to defraud by false or misleading statement and knowingly participating in a criminal group.

A fifth man was arrested in the US by the FBI for drug offences and money laundering, NSW Police said in a statement.

US businessman Owen Hanson Jr was arrested while playing golf in San Diego, the Herald reported.

McManus and Miss Universe Australia 2008 Laura Dundovic in 2008

Andrew McManus and music legend Stevie Nicks pose at The Melbourne Cup in 2005

McManus (left with Laura Dundovic and right with Stevie Nicks) was arrested along with crime figure Craig Haeusler, Kings Cross solicitor Michael Croke and Auburn pastry shop owner Zeki Atilgan

Andrew McManus has been responsible for bringing Aerosmith, KISS, Lenny Kravitz and Chris Isaak (pictured above with McManus in 2008) to Australia

 Andrew McManus has been responsible for bringing Aerosmith, KISS, Lenny Kravitz and Chris Isaak (pictured above with McManus in 2008) to Australia

He was charged with perverting the course of justice, two counts of intention to defraud by false or misleading statement and knowingly participating in a criminal group

NSW detectives started investigating the alleged syndicate in August 2011 after a bag of $702,000 in cash was found in a man’s Sydney hotel room.

WHO IS ANDREW MCMANUS?

Andrew McManus, who owns McManus Entertainment, has been responsible for bringing Aerosmith, KISS and Lenny Kravitz to Australia.

He was forced to declare bankruptcy when the ATO discovered he had a $2.4 million tax debt after he was left $4.2 million out of pocket when deals and tours fell through.

McManus had to sell off his fleet of luxury cars and extensive property portfolio to cover his substantial debts.

The music promoter made headlines again back in 2011 when he was linked to a bag of $702,000 in cash that he claimed was payment for a Lenny Kravitz concert.

Four years later, he was arrested for his alleged part in a international cocaine ring, along with three Sydney men and a US citizen.

A court case was brought against NSW Police for the return of the cash when McManus claimed the bag was his and the money was payment for a Lenny Kravitz concert when he toured Australia.

But the police won and in late 2014 conducted raids in Sydney and Victoria, which netted $68,000 cash, drugs, steroids, documents and electronic equipment.

The operation also uncovered information regarding the alleged importation of 300kg of cocaine from Mexico to Australia via the US.

Since then, police have been investigating alleged drug trafficking between Mexico, the US and Australia, and associated money laundering.

Australian Crime Commission NSW manager Warren Gray said ‘investigations like this one affirm the effectiveness of “following the money'”‘.

NSW Police have charged a 55-year-old man with perverting the course of justice, intention to defraud by false or misleading statement and knowingly participating in a criminal group.

A 65-year-old has been charged with perverting the course of justice, three counts of intention to defraud by false or misleading statement and knowingly participating in a criminal group.

A 32-year-old man was charged with two counts of money laundering.

NSW detectives started investigating the alleged syndicate in August 2011 after a bag of $702,000 in cash was found in a man's Sydney hotel room. Above is one of the three Sydney men being arrested on ThursdayNSW detectives started investigating the alleged syndicate in August 2011 after a bag of $702,000 in cash was found in a man’s Sydney hotel room. Above is one of the three Sydney men being arrested on Thursday

The trio have been charged with money laundering, perverting the course of justice, intention to defraud by false or misleading statement and knowingly participating in a criminal group

Police raided the homes of three men in Kellyville, Miranda, and Sydney CBD following the extensive investigationPolice raided the homes of three men in Kellyville, Miranda, and Sydney CBD following the extensive investigation

The group of men have been bailed to appear at Sydney courts at later dates. NSW Police are also seeking to extradite a US citizenThe group of men have been bailed to appear at Sydney courts at later dates. NSW Police are also seeking to extradite a US citizen

The group of men have been bailed to appear at Sydney courts at later dates.

NSW Police is seeking the extradition of a 33-year-old US citizen to Sydney on arrest warrants for money laundering, perverting the course of justice and intent to defraud by false or misleading statement, as well as an additional charge of drug supply of a large commercial quantity.

Detectives from the Organised Crime Squad are currently in San Diego, California, working with the FBI.

A number of search warrants were executed, with officers seizing cash, gold, silver, cannabis and documentation.


Drug trafficking, money laundering bust sees five men, including Melbourne music promoter, arrested in joint NSW Police-FBI investigation

Updated about 2 hours ago

Music promoter Andrew McManus was arrested in Melbourne last night. (Getty Images: Kristian Dowling)

Five men, including Melbourne music promoter Andrew McManus, have been arrested following a joint FBI and New South Wales police investigation into international drug trafficking and money laundering.

An investigation was launched after police seized more than $700,000 from a man at a Sydney hotel in 2011.

NSW Police faced legal action for the return of the money, with a claim being made that it was payment for an international band who had toured Australia, but the case was thrown out of the Supreme Court and investigations continued.

Last year, New South Wales and Victoria police raided five properties, seizing more than $68,000 in cash and steroids.

Detectives say they also uncovered the importation of 300 kilograms of cocaine from Mexico to Australia, via the United States.

Following a joint operation with the FBI in San Diego, California, police last night arrested McManus, 54, in Melbourne.

McManus’ promotion companies have brought a number of high-profile entertainers to Australia, including Kiss, Mötley Crüe and Stevie Nicks.

A 65-year-old Sydney solicitor and two other New South Wales men were also charged.

Subsequent searches at a home in Kellyville, in Sydney’s north-west, uncovered cash, steroids and cannabis.

New South Wales Police are also trying to extradite US citizen Owen Hanson, 33, to Sydney so he can be charged.

He was arrested by FBI agents in the parking lot of a golf course in near San Diego, California, where he remains in custody on US federal drug charges, according to a statement from the FBI.

“The commitment made by the detectives and others involved in this investigation has been outstanding — they never lost focus on the job at hand,” commander of the Organised Crime Squad, Detective Superintendent Scott Cook, said in a statement.

“As recent investigations have shown, it is now clear that organised syndicates impacting NSW are often transnational in nature.

“Whilst this presents us with challenges, those who undertake these activities need to understand that being outside the jurisdiction will not save you.”

Australian Crime Commission state manager NSW Warren Gray said that, in this instance, “following the money” led to the discovery of criminal activity.

“The collaborative work between NSW Police and the FBI, and multiple partner agencies, is highly commendable and this outcome is a great result for the Australian community,” he said.

theage.com.au

Andrew McManus at centre of storm

Kate McClymont

Big business: Andrew McManus in his office.Big business: Andrew McManus in his office. Photo: Teagan Glenane FCN

Controversial music promoter Andrew McManus has unwittingly revealed an important career lesson to tax evaders: if you are going to boast about ripping off the Australian Tax Office, don’t confide in the police.

His bizarre admission emerged last week in a court case involving the promoter, a bag full of cash, international rock acts including Fleetwood Mac and Lenny Kravitz and crime figures from Australia and the US.

“I’m not a dickhead but… if this went to the ATO, I’d be cooked again.”  

Andrew McManus

During an investigation into the source of the $702,000 cash found in a Sydney hotel room in 2011, McManus claimed the money was his. He boasted to police if they came round to his house “right now” they would find a safe with “600 large sittin’ in it”.

Legends: International rock act Fleetwood Mac.Legends: International rock act Fleetwood Mac.

When the police asked about the source of the money, he said, “This isn’t going anywhere?” He then offered that the “600 large” came from a Lenny Kravitz tour.

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 He told police that he used 20 crew members to “sneak” the cash in from New Zealand.

“I’m not a dickhead but… if this went to the ATO, I’d be cooked again,” he volunteered.

Legal fight: Sean Carolan at the Supreme Court in Sydney.Legal fight: Sean Carolan at the Supreme Court in Sydney. Photo: Photo: Janie Barrett

Documents tendered during a recent battle in the NSW Supreme Court over the money have revealed that McManus also accepted $450,000 in cash from the outlaw Perth bikie gang, the Coffin Cheaters.

He also admitted to police that he withheld funds from rock groups including international stars Fleetwood Mac.

McManus also confided to police about the financial fallout from his involvement in the Melbourne Storm salary cap scandal.

The saga of the suitcase full of cash had its origins in May 2011 when McManus was staying at the luxurious InterContinental hotel in Macquarie Street, a short walk from Sydney’s Circular Quay.

In his hotel room he had a number of plastic shopping bags crammed with $10,000 bundles of cash totalling $702,000. His long-time friend and associate Craig Haeusler emptied the bags into a suitcase.

Haeusler, a drug kingpin who served five years in jail for running a multi-million dollar drug ring supplying methamphetamines to Sydney’s eastern suburbs, then gave the money to a young American, Owen Hanson jnr.

Haeusler told police he had been introduced to Hanson by a Chinese gambling identity and that the pair had bet on the NFL in America.

Hanson, who moved hotels every few days, was nicknamed “Dispose” by his Australian friends because of his propensity to dispose of pre-paid mobile phones.

Haeusler later told police that McManus was repaying Hanson who had  stumped up the deposit McManus needed for a ZZ Top tour.

The suitcase of cash was then hidden by Hanson in the ceiling of a rented apartment in Kent Street for three months. In August he handed the suitcase of cash to his personal trainer, Sean Carolan.

On August 11, 2011, police received an anonymous tip-off that the occupant of room 3026 in the Hilton Hotel had a gun. The occupant, Carolan, a former cage fighter and racehorse trainer turned personal trainer, didn’t have a gun — but he did have a black suitcase containing McManus’s $702,000, which the police seized.

Carolan’s subsequent legal fight to recover the money has brought to light a bizarre series of events.

On the night police seized the cash, Carolan said he was merely minding the money for Hanson, who didn’t want to lose any more at the casino.

CCTV footage from Star City casino obtained by the police shows earlier that day Carolan and Hanson were in a heated conversation with Robert Cipriani, a well-known American high roller who calls himself Robin Hood 702 (702 is the telephone code for Las Vegas).

Police records note that Cipriani “is well known to the casino and is currently of interest to the Australian Federal Police”.

The day after the cash was seized, Cipriani left for Los Angeles.

During the investigation into the suitcase, police interviewed Hanson by videolink from the Beverly Hills police station in Los Angeles. “Do you want me to tell you the, the full story of how basically this money was laundered…?” Hanson offered.

He said the cash had come from McManus but, contrary to Carolan’s initial version, Hanson claimed he had given the money to Carolan to invest in Carolan’s weight loss clinic.

As well as expressing concern at Hanson’s use of the word “laundered”, Justice Richard Button noted in his judgment on Monday, “There is no satisfactory explanation why Mr Hanson would invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash in the business concept of a personal trainer who resided in a foreign country and whom he had known for no more than several weeks.”

Justice Richard Button refused to hand the $702,000 back to Carolan, saying he was not convinced he was “lawfully” entitled to the money.

Carolan was ordered to pay the police costs.

When he was interviewed by police in April 2012, McManus told them the money was his. “It’s pretty obvious though. I gave someone 700 large, and you’ve found someone with 700 large. It’s my 700 large.”

McManus told the police that the cash was part of a business deal where he was repaying the money to Hanson, who had lent him cash as a deposit for a ZZ Top tour but now he wanted it back to fund a Lenny Kravitz tour.

“In essence, I delivered back 700 grand I now need to borrow it again. As quickly as possible,” he said.

He also said; “It’s not the proceeds of crime, it’s the [proceeds] of Andrew McManus.”

McManus made remarkable admissions during his record of interview with police. He has since claimed he was under the influence of morphine  and alcohol at the time.

The rock promoter volunteered to police that he had been “under suspicion by the NRL, for making player payments to rugby league players”.

This was a reference to the Melbourne Storm salary cap scandal in 2010 when it was revealed that McManus had facilitated extra payments to Storm players including Greg Inglis, Cameron Smith and Billy Slater.

His company, Andrew McManus Presents, would bill the Storm for “promotional” events. The money would be then be channelled by McManus’s company through to several Storm players.

The Storm were later stripped of their points and previous premiership titles.

Neither the players nor McManus were accused of any wrongdoing but McManus told the police of the fallout which included the Australian Tax Office going through him like a dose of salts.

“Although I did make tax payments on each player payment, I never actually got them to sign a full stat dec. So, of those players, they decided that they would fine me…between 30 per cent and the 49 per cent.”

He said he had to pay the ATO $120,000 per player, which totalled $2.4 million. “It crushed my company…Andrew McManus Presents International,” he told police.

Because of his ensuing financial difficulties he said he used friends and associates to help fund tours. McManus mentioned that Liberal powerbroker Michael Kroger and his brother Andrew had invested in his concert tours.

He said on five or six occasion, Michael Kroger had “put cash in and then I’ll, you know, fold it out.”

A spokesman for Michael Kroger said it was “a standard financial arrangement”.

McManus also boasted of withholding cash ticket sales from bands such as Fleetwood Mac. “I sold over $700,000 in cash tickets, because people wanted the best tickets, they come to the office, they ring up or email.”

“I’m not sharing it with the band…the cash stays in Andrew McManus’s pocket,” he told police.

McManus also told the police that he had accepted $450,000 in cash from the Coffin Cheaters, an outlaw motor cycle gang who were promoting the Perth leg of the ZZ Top tour.

During his police interview, McManus was accompanied by his lawyer and former partner in a Sydney nightclub, Michael Croke.

Croke, who represented Haeusler in his drug trial, also acted for McManus, Hanson, Haeusler and finally Carolan in the latter’s unsuccessful attempt to have the money returned.

During the case, Haeusler was pacing up and down the corridor outside the Supreme Court in Sydney.

McManus declined to comment for this story. He has issued a media release suggesting revelations about the suitcase and the cash were “gutter journalism by a bottom feeder” and that the articles had been written under “the protection of impossible deformation (sic) laws.”

Five accused of Sydney’s two biggest drug ops get bail-Bloody joke

What chance have the cops got when these blokes get bail? Billion dollar drug busts….FFS they are connected to big crime gangs and what, a judge thinks they are going to hang around like choir boys for the next court date. 1.5 million for bail is like a 10 minute parking meter charge for these gangs. part of doing business in the big cities. Pathetic and draining of energy for the authorities chasing these peddlers of death and destruction!


What chance have the cops got when these blokes get bail? Billion dollar drug busts….FFS they are connected to big crime gangs and what, a judge thinks they are going to hang around like choir boys for the next court date. 1.5 million for bail is like a 10 minute parking meter charge for these gangs. part of doing business in the big cities. Pathetic and draining of energy for the authorities chasing these peddlers of death and destruction!

Mark Morri Crime Editor
The Daily Telegraph
December 31, 2014 12:00AM

Police images of the drug haul which allegedly led to the arrests of three men accused of

Police images of the drug haul which allegedly led to the arrests of three men accused of links to the Comanchero Bikie Gang. Picture: NSW Police

FIVE people charged over two of Sydney’s largest drug operations — with amounts measured in tonnes and bearing a street-value in the billions — have received bail, leaving senior NSW and federal police shocked and furious.

One of the major drug schemes allegedly involved international drug cartels and the other a Sydney bikie gang.

In one case two men accused of taking part in the importation of $1.5 billion dollars worth of drugs into Sydney were granted bail in Central Local Court last week.

Police images of the lab uncovered in the raid in Kenthurst. Picture: NSW Police

Police images of the lab uncovered in the raid in Kenthurst. Picture: NSW Police

The two, Rene Arancinia, 23, from Kogarah and Joshua Hamlin, 34, from Sylvania have been charged with attempted possession of a commercial quantity of drugs.

The pair are allegedly part of a coalition of organised crime groups responsible for importing almost three tonnes of illegal drugs, including 1917kg of ecstasy (MDMA) and 849kg of crystal methamphetamine.

Magistrate Les Mabbutt granted the men bail on December 17 despite the case involving the second-biggest drug bust in Australian history. Both men had to hand up their passports as well as post bail with a security of $1.5 million as part of the conditions.

“(If convicted) These guys are facing life, are allegedly linked to some of the wealthiest drug cartels in the world and are granted bail. I know the surety seems quite high but we are talking about more than a billion dollars in drugs,” a senior NSW police source said.

Three men have faced court and received bail in relation to the Kenthurst Lab, shown here

Three men have faced court and received bail in relation to the Kenthurst Lab, shown here. Picture: NSW Police

The illegal substances were intercepted by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officers. The drugs were hidden in a mixed container-load of furniture and unmarked boxes.

Police will allege the consignment with an estimated weight of almost two tonnes of MDMA and more than 800kgs of methamphetamine was shipped to Australia from Germany and arrived into Australia on 19 November.

Police conducted a controlled delivery of the consignment to an address in Blacktown where its contents were removed and transported to another location. The men have been ordered to appear again on February 4.

Police were just as shocked in Parramatta local court the week before when three men with links to the Comanchero bikie gang were given bail after being charged in relation to the manufacture of $48 million worth of methamphetamines.

The men were charged in relation to the manufacture of $48 million worth of methamphetami

The men were charged in relation to the manufacture of $48 million worth of methamphetamines. Picture: NSW Police

The NSW Gang Squad raided a property in Kenthurst in Sydney northwest where they allegedly found 32kg of methamphetamine and other chemicals used in the manufacturing of ice.

A .357 unregistered pistol was also found.

Three men, Emra Oncu, 29, from Stanhope Gardens, Ulas Doga, 25, of Quakers Hill and Koray Unver, 28, of St Clair were later charged with manufacture of a large commercial quantity of prohibited drug, and participating in a criminal group. One was also charged over illegal possession of a weapon.

The men appeared in Parramatta Local Court on December 10.

All three were granted bail on the condition they report daily to police, hand up their passports and relatives deposit their homes as security on their non-appearance.

A .357 unregistered pistol was also found at the lab. Picture: NSW Police

A .357 unregistered pistol was also found at the lab. Picture: NSW Police

They were also ordered not to approach, contact or associate with any prosecution or any co-accused or any member of the Comanchero group.

Despite impending changes to the bail act being introduced by current Attorney-General Brad Hazzard, the five men have received bail under the current laws introduced by his predecessor Greg Smith in 2013 that removed the presumption for or against bail.

The new changes mean that people seen as an “unacceptable risk” to the community will be refused bail automatically, and those accused of serious offences will have to “show cause” why bail should be granted.

The arrested men were ordered not to approach, contact or associate with any prosecution

The arrested men were ordered not to approach, contact or associate with any prosecution or any co-accused or any member of the Comanchero group. Picture: NSW Police

Despite the urgency to pass the new laws, they are not operational — with Mr Hazzard saying it will take until January 28 to train magistrates, court staff and police in how the changes work.

“Changing the provision of the bail act was obviously critical following the report we had from former … John Hatzistergos,” Mr Hazzard said.

“The government ensured all the provisions were legislated and now we are in the process of making sure all of the people who have to make decisions under the Bail act are properly trained in the new provisions.

“The government has made it very clear to everybody we wanted it underway as soon as humanly possible. The reality is people do need to be trained.”

Four men arrested over shooting attack at Sydney Rebels clubhouse


Tue 25 Nov 2014, 6:45pm

Man arrested at Bringelly
A 39-year-old man was arrested at Bringelly, in Sydney’s west. (Supplied: NSW Police)
 What a fine specimen, but who cares, it is what they get up to that matters. One by one let them be put away!
Related Story: Rebels clubhouse raided over Minchinbury shooting

Four members of the Rebels bikie gang have been arrested over the shooting and assault of a fellow gang member in Sydney earlier this year, police say.

Detectives allege the men were involved in shooting a man three times in the leg outside a Rebels clubhouse in Minchinbury, in Sydney’s west, in July.

The 33-year-old victim was then allegedly attacked after he tried to run away.

This morning, a 39-year-old man was arrested at his Bringelly home and charged with discharging a firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and participating in a criminal group.

Police said they also seized Rebels paraphernalia, cash and a vehicle from the man’s home.

Later, two men, aged 24 and 25, were arrested at Silverwater and charged with the same offences.

They were refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court tomorrow.

Another man, 37, was arrested during a car stop at Penrith and taken to Penrith police station, where he remains in custody.

The arrests follow the formation of Strike Force Rooftop within the State Crime Command to investigate the attack.

“All those arrested are members of the Rebels,” NSW Police said in a statement.

“Strike Force Rooftop investigations are continuing and further arrests are anticipated.”


Rebels member charged over shooting of another member – Gangs Squad

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:36:46 PM

Gangs Squad detectives have now charged a member of Rebels with the shooting and assault of another member in Minchinbury earlier this year.

Police will allege that shortly after 8pm on Monday 7 July 2014, a 33-year-old member of the Rebels was shot as he walked into an industrial unit on Grex Avenue, Minchinbury – the clubhouse of the Rebels Mt Druitt chapter.

After being shot three times in the leg, the man attempted to flee the location but was chased down by three men and attacked as he lay on the roadway on Grex Avenue, Minchinbury.

Police and emergency services were called to the location and the 33-year-old was taken to hospital where he was treated for his injuries. He has since been released.

Detectives from State Crime Command’s Gangs Squad formed Strike Force Rooftop to investigate the incident and this morning (Tuesday 25 November 2014) arrested a 39-year-old man at a home at Bringelly.

During a search warrant, officers seized cash, Rebels paraphernalia and a vehicle for further examination.

The senior member of the Mt Druitt chapter of the Rebels was taken to Green Valley Police Station and charged with discharge firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and participate in a criminal group.

He was refused bail to appear at Liverpool Local Court today.

Strike Force Rooftop investigations are continuing and further arrests are anticipated.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Rebels clubhouse raided over Minchinbury shooting

9:20amTue 8 Jul 2014, 9:20am

A man with links to the Rebels bikie gang has been shot in an attack at Minchinbury in Sydney’s west.

The 33-year-old was found with several bullet wounds to his thigh, outside the Rebels clubhouse in Grex Avenue about 8:30pm (AEST) on Monday.

Police said he was shot after entering the clubhouse then bashed by a group of men.

He has been taken to Westmead Hospital where he is in a serious condition.

As a result of the shooting, heavily armed police from the Tactical Operations Unit raided the clubhouse just after 11pm but no arrests were made.

Police said anyone with information about the shooting, or anyone who witnessed the attack, should contact them.

This morning, an ABC News crew that turned up to film the crime scene was threatened by gang members.

Police reporter Lucy Carter said they were told to stop filming.

“Several men are guarding the entrance to the Rebels clubhouse, telling me and my ABC camera crew to f*** off and switch off our equipment or else,” she said.

She said two police cars, including the dog squad had now arrived.

Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara charged with murder of Jamie Gao


 Near 3 hours of listening to Sentencing Judge Justice Geoffrey Bellew I heard it finally.These pathetic greedy should know better ex detectives with over 80 years active police knowledge between them were busted and revealed, time caught up with these fossils. CCTV buried them.

Disgraced former policemen Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara have been given life sentences for the “heinous” and “audacious” murder of university student and small-time drug dealer Jamie Gao.

They were trained to serve and protect but instead they used their cunning to execute Mr Gao, 20, inside a southern Sydney storage unit in May 2014.

More to come


Jamie Gao murder: Rogerson and McNamara should be jailed for life, prosecutor says

The notorious corrupt former detective Roger Rogerson and his co-accused Glen McNamara should be jailed for life for the murder of drug dealer Jamie Gao, a Sydney court has been told.

Rogerson and McNamara are facing a sentencing hearing today, after being found guilty of murdering Sydney man Mr Gao during a drug deal at a Padstow storage facility on May 20, 2014.

Rogerson, 75, and McNamara, 57, pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Gao and dumping his body in waters off Cronulla the next day.

New South Wales Crown prosecutor Christopher Maxwell QC told the hearing in the NSW Supreme Court, life sentences have been applied in the past for contract killings.

“They together executed a young drug dealer for their financial gain. The contract killing is a category for which a life sentence can be given and has been given by this court over the years,” he said.

“There is no distinction between killing for payment … or killing for the purpose of financial gain, which is what this was about.

“This was a killing to enable both offenders to obtain the drug … colloquially known as ice … a drug that results in much crime itself.

“The attitude that both accused had towards the deceased after the murder amounted to a completely cold, calculated, lack of feeling, which was all about making him disappear.”

Mr Maxwell said the pair had used their “experience and training for the complete antithesis of what was intended”.

“There is nothing to suggest they would..not be a danger to society.”

Mr Maxwell told the judge the offence was made even more serious because of their intention to “obtain and distribute a drug that is a scourge of our society”.

The crown said the both men were part of a joint criminal enterprise and a great deal of thought was put into it.

“There is nothing ludicrously incompetent about this,” he said.

“There’s a boldness in Mr Rogerson’s attitude.”

He told the judge they planned to make sure Mr Gao’s body would disappear.

“They did everything to make that happen.”

Differing accounts of Gao’s death heard during trial

During the trial, both men denied pulling the trigger and instead pointed the blame at each other.

McNamara’s defence told the trial it was Rogerson who shot and killed Mr Gao before threatening McNamara and his family, forcing him to help dispose of the body.

Rogerson claimed the 20-year-old was killed during a struggle with McNamara and the student was dead on the floor when he entered the shed.

The trial was told by prosecutors both had given “far-fetched and unbelievable” versions of what happened.

Mr Gao told his cousin Justin Gao he was going to be involved in a massive drug deal with a man called ‘Glen’ that was going to make him rich.

He held a number of meetings with McNamara in the months before his death — McNamara claimed these meetings were for a book he was writing about Asian crime gangs.

This explanation was dismissed by prosecutors, who said McNamara and Rogerson were preparing for the killing.

Prosecutors told the court the crown did not have to prove which of the defendants killed Mr Gao, just that there was an agreement to kill or seriously injure the victim.

It took the jury just under a week to reach the verdicts.

Justice Geoffrey Bellew thanked them for their service and excused them from ever serving again, unless they wished to do so.

Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara murder trial: Jamie Gao hearing to begin on August 18

Paul Bibby

New trial date: former detectives Glen McNamara and Roger Rogerson will appear before the NSW Supreme Court on August 18.New trial date: former detectives Glen McNamara and Roger Rogerson will appear before the NSW Supreme Court on August 18. Photo: Rocco Fazzari

Former detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara will face a new trial over the murder of Sydney student Jamie Gao on August 18, following the discharge of the jury in their first trial.

Justice Geoff Bellew told the NSW Supreme Court that the new trial date for the pair had been confirmed, lifting a non-publication order made on Tuesday.

Mr Rogerson, 74, and Mr McNamara, 56, are accused of being part of a “joint criminal enterprise” to murder Mr Gao, 20, in a southern Sydney storage unit on May 20 last year.

Twenty-year-old Jamie Gao was killed on May 22, 2014.Twenty-year-old Jamie Gao was killed on May 22, 2014. Photo: Facebook

It is alleged that they stole 2.78 kilograms of the drug ice from him and then dumped his body off the coast of Cronulla. It was found six days later.

Half way through the trial’s second day on Tuesday, Justice Bellew discharged the 15-member jury for legal reasons which cannot be disclosed.

Both accused have pleaded not guilty to murder and drug supply.

Counsel for Mr McNamara, Charles Waterstreet told the jury on Tuesday that Mr Rogerson had been solely responsible for the murder.

He said the 74-year-old had shot Mr Gao twice in the chest and then threatened to kill Mr McNamara and his family if he did not help him to cover up the crime.

No evidence was presented to support these claims before the jury was discharged.

Counsel for Mr Rogerson, George Thomas, did not have the opportunity to address the jury before members were discharged.


 

UPDATED 22/01/15 COMMITTED TO TRIAL DUE TO START AT Supreme Court on March 6 215.

Former detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara face murder trial over Jamie Gao death

Thu 22 Jan 2015, 1:17pm

Former police detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara have been committed to stand trial over the death of Sydney student Jamie Gao.

Police allege Mr Gao was murdered in a storage unit in the Sydney suburb of Padstow in May 2014.

It is alleged the 20-year-old was involved in a drug deal with Rogerson and McNamara that went sour.

Mr Gao’s body was found floating in the water off Cronulla Beach.

Rogerson and McNamara appeared at Sydney’s Central Local Court via video link, sitting next to each other in prison greens.

They were committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court on March 6.

Bail was formally refused.

Rogerson’s lawyer Paul Kenny told reporters outside court his client wanted the matter dealt with as quickly as possible.

“He just wants to get to trial as soon as possible. I think it’s in the interests of justice to do things as quickly as we can,” he said.

“I think you’ll find in many respects, there might not be too much dispute in relation to the police case. So we’re anxious to get to trial as soon as possible.”

Mr Kenny added that Rogerson was “not in the best of health”.

“He’s doing the best he can, but he’s being treated very well by Corrective Services, they’re looking after all his medical needs,” he said.


 

Update No bail for Roger 25th August 2014

Roger Rogerson: No bail for former Sydney policeman accused of Jamie Gao murder

Mon 25 Aug 2014, 4:05pm

Former Sydney policeman Roger Rogerson has been refused bail in a Sydney court after a mammoth three-hour hearing.

The 73-year-old and his co-accused, former detective Glen McNamara, are charged with murder over the death of 20-year-old university student Jamie Gao in May.

Mr Gao’s body was found floating in the sea off Cronulla a week after he was reported missing.

Police allege he was killed in a Padstow storage unit after a drug deal went wrong.

Rogerson has appeared in Sydney’s Central Local Court via video-link to apply for bail.

Opposing his application, Crown prosecutor Chris Maxwell QC played to the court CCTV footage from the storage unit where Mr Gao was allegedly shot dead.

Mr Maxwell said the footage shows Rogerson taking “an active role” in the proceedings, describing the murder as a synchronised operation that Rogerson was “very much a part of”.

He said there is a very strong case against him on both the murder and drug charges and that he will die in jail if convicted of either.

Mr Maxwell recounted a conversation recorded by prison officers after Rogerson had been in remand for “several weeks” and said he “knew it was being recorded”.

Rogerson was at the unit for a meeting, court told

The court heard Rogerson allegedly told his wife Anne, who was at the court hearing, that: “I kept looking at the f*****g cameras”.

He said it would be the “last place he would go [to commit a crime]”.

Mr Maxwell said Rogerson allegedly told his wife he stayed out of the storage unit after McNamara and Gao went inside and waited for what he thought was about 10 minutes.

When Anne allegedly asked why he went inside at all, Rogerson allegedly replied “They [Gao and McNamara] had been there for a while and I just wanted to see what was happening. I just wanted to give him some fatherly advice.”

The court was told Rogerson will be claiming he was there for a meeting.

Rogerson’s barrister George Thomas spoke for more than two hours and disputed that the prosecution had a “very strong” case.

He told the court the case against his client is built upon “speculation” and “weak circumstantial evidence”.

He claimed his client was outside the Padstow storage unit when Mr Gao was shot dead and that no-one knows what happened inside except Rogerson and McNamara.

Mr Thomas also raised the possibility that Mr Gao brought the gun to the drug deal and that he was killed in self defence.

Magistrate Les Mabbut refused bail for Rogerson on the grounds he was a flight risk and could commit another crime.

Former detective Glen McNamara is also charged with Gao’s murder.

He was refused bail earlier this month.

Updated 9th August 2014, a bit of finger pointing going on about who the trigger-man was…Both cops admit being there at last though! They are gone..

Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara seen on CCTV removing body of Jamie Gao from storage unit

Amy Dale Chief Court Reporter
The Daily Telegraph
August 09, 2014 12:00AM

Victim Jamie Gao.

Jamie Gao’s body was found wrapped in a blue tarp floating in water off Cronulla.

ROGER Rogerson and Glen McNamara were captured on CCTV “bending, lifting and kneeling down” as they ­removed the body of shooting victim Jamie Gao from a storage unit in a surfboard bag, a court heard yesterday.

Sensational new details in the case against the two former police officers were revealed during a failed bail application for McNamara.

Submissions in court show the pair are pointing the finger at each-other for firing the two fatal shots into the 20-year- old’s chest.

Three CCTV clips were played to Central Local Court from May 20 this year — the afternoon it is alleged Rogerson and McNamara killed Gao in a “precision operation” intended to “rip him off” in a $3 million ice deal.

Former Police officer Roger Rogerson is taken into custody. Picture: AAP

Former Police officer Roger Rogerson is taken into custody. Picture: AAP

The prosecution said “no conditions could adequately mitigate the unacceptable risk” duri

Former detective Glen McNamara being escorted to prison. Picture Craig Greenhill

The body of the university student, wrapped in a blue tarpaulin, was found floating in the sea off Cronulla beach less than a week later.

Crown Prosecutor Christopher Maxwell QC told the court the two men removed Gao’s body from the Padstow storage unit “in a very brazen, matter-of-fact way” and even left the door to the space open as they manoeuvred the body into the truck.

The court heard McNamara had taken his boat from a Taren Point storage facility the day before the killing, with Mr Maxwell telling the court the packing of the surfboard bag into the boot of his station wagon showed the murder had been planned.

“If it was going to (just) be a drug transaction why would he need that?” Mr Maxwell asked.

McNamara’s barrister Ian Lloyd QC told the court that, although his client acknowledged being involved in the disposal of Gao’s body, “(prosecutors) can’t say with any certainty who fired the shot”.

Mr Lloyd said, while all three men were inside the storage unit, “something could have happened that (McNamara) did not expect was going to happen”.

Rogerson’s barrister George Thomas said outside court, ­moments after withdrawing the 73-year-old’s bail application, that his client’s case would be that Jamie Gao was already dead when the ex-detective went inside the storage unit.

Magistrate Les Mabbutt said the “unacceptable risk” that McNamara would fail to appear in court or commit ­offences on bail could not be mitigated by conditions.

The Crown opposed bail, saying McNamara was “staring at convictions for two ­offences that carry life imprisonment” — murder and supplying a commercial quantity amount of ice.

He had offered $580,000 in surety and said he could be “in effect under house arrest” by wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet.

The case returns to court next month.


 

more details released 28/05/14

IT was in unit 803, a bare brick rented storage room, where Jamie Gao was shot twice in the chest by two former detectives, police will allege.

CCTV footage allegedly shows the ex-cops Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara walking out of the unit alone just 10 minutes after arriving with Mr Gao last Tuesday.

Roger Rogerson inside a police wagon being taken to Bankstown Court / Picture: Craig Gree

Roger Rogerson inside a police wagon being taken to Bankstown Court

The Self Storage units IN Padstow where its believed Jamie GAO was killed / Picture: John

The Self Storage units IN Padstow where its believed Jamie GAO was killed

They then backed their own station wagons up to the unit’s roller door, where they allegedly carried out Mr Gao’s body wrapped in a surfboard cover and a blue tarpaulin.

Officers later seized a surfboard from McNamara’s Cronulla home. They also found items of clothing which he had allegedly been seen wearing on the CCTV footage.

The next day, May 21, it is alleged the two men returned and spent 40 minutes cleaning the inside of the Rent-A-Space unit after dumping Mr Gao’s body at sea using McNamara’s 4.5m Quintrex fishing boat.

Video of disgraced ex detective and accused murderer and drug dealer “Roger the Dodger Rogerson” being loaded up for trip to jail late this afternoon.

4.25pm 27/05/14 DISGRACED Sydney detective Roger Rogerson has been charged with murder and the body found floating off Cronulla yesterday has been identified as missing Hurstville man, Jamie Gao.

Rogerson has also been charged with large commercial drug supply and refused bail and will appear in Bankstown Local Court later today.

quick update 27/05/14 Rogerson hand cuffed and arrested a minute ago at his Padstow Heights home. His lawyer furious,caught his client off guard, obviously NSW cops reneged on deal to have him presented at Sydney Police Centre  at midday. Cops raided his house just after 11am.

 Two old crooked coppers heads have popped up again.This time drugs deals and murder have turned up the heat on the two disgraced cops. Kings Cross Detective Glen McNamara has been refused bail, and Roger Rogerson is apparently up in Queensland. Silly young kid probably had no idea who he was dealing with.

Don’t do drug deals with crooked coppers/drug dealers or you allegedly end up like this kid with your Big drug deal of 3kg of meth stolen, murdered and tossed into the sea off Cronulla

My page on the disgraced former detective Roger Rogerson is here

https://aussiecriminals.com.au/high-profile-criminals/roger-rogerson/

Jamie Gao murder : The surprising discovery that stunned the cops

Tragic end: Friends of Gao walked into Kogarah police station saying they held grave fear

Tragic end: Friends of Gao walked into Kogarah police station saying they held grave fears for the missing university student three days before his body’s discovery. 

IT was probably the most extraordinary moment in the painstaking investigation into the murder of student Jamie Gao. There, in a bag hidden under the driver’s seat of a white station wagon in which Gao was allegedly last seen alive, was 3kg of the drug ice.

Even more astoundingly, police will claim, the vehicle was parked in the underground carpark at the Cronulla unit complex where their chief suspect, former police officer Glen McNamara, lived.

Officers from Strike Force Album could hardly believe what they were seeing. They rang headquarters and said: “Boss, you’re not going to believe it — we’ve found the drugs.”

They had swooped about 4am on Saturday last week while McNamara was asleep, secretly removing the car — along with the drugs.

Shocking: The body found floating near Shelly Beach

Shocking: The body found floating near Shelly Beach 

But it wasn’t until Sunday morning that McNamara discovered the car was gone, triggering a flurry of panicked calls to his alleged accomplice, disgraced former police detective Roger Rogerson. A short time later, McNamara drove to Cooma prison, in southern NSW, to visit an inmate.

The events were just another astounding development in a case that had already been full of surprises.

Three days earlier, friends of Gao walked into Kogarah police station saying they held grave fears for the missing university student.

They had become worried after being tipped off by two men, Hong Kong nationals, who had driven Gao to the alleged drug deal during which he was killed.

The men had seen the ­20-year-old get into a white station wagon in Arab Rd, Padstow, in Sydney’s southwest. The car drove 600m, turning into the Rent A Space storage facility, slowly followed by a silver Ford Falcon. Gao was carrying a bag with 3kg of methamphetamine — worth $3 million if sold on the street as the drug ice — for what was meant to be a quick exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

 Timeline:

Weeks leading up to Tuesday, May 20

Jamie Gao boasts about drug deal with man named Glen.

Tuesday May 20

11.37am: Police allege Glen McNamara calls Gao from a Cronulla phone booth to confirm the deal is on.

1.35pm: Two men from Hong Kong drive Gao to Padstow. He gets into station wagon with 3kg of ice.

1.45pm: Car is driven 600m to a storage unit, followed by a Ford Falcon. Gao and McNamara enter Unit 803, Rogerson follows.

1.47pm: Gao is allegedly shot twice in the chest.

1.55pm: Rogerson and McNamara walk in and out of the unit a number of times. There is no sign of Gao. Soon afterwards Rogerson and McNamara are seen dragging a surfboard cover with something heavy inside from the unit.

2.35pm: Friends receive call from the Hong Kong nationals to help them search for Gao.

Wednesday, May 21

12.30pm: McNamara and Rogerson return to Unit 803, allegedly cleaning up.

7pm: Gao’s friends finally report him missing.

Thursday, May 22

Police view CCTV footage from storage facility and allegedly identify McNamara and Rogerson.

Saturday, May 24

4am: Station wagon recovered by police with 3kg of ice allegedly inside it.

Sunday, May 25

Detectives execute search warrants at Rogerson and McNamara’s homes, seizing several cars and other evidence.

6.20pm: McNamara is pulled over and charged with murder and drug supply.

Rogerson’s home in Padstow Heights is searched and a silver Ford Falcon is seized.

The storage unit in Caringbah is searched and a boat and surfboard with no cover are seized.

Monday, May 26

7.30am: Fishermen off Cronulla find Gao’s body wrapped in tarpaulin.

Detectives fly to Brisbane to search for Rogerson.

McNamara appears in custody in Kogarah Local Court.

Tuesday, May 27

6am: Rogerson arrives at his Padstow home to see his wife after driving from Brisbane.

11am: More than a dozen police officers storm Rogerson’s Churchill Rd home to arrest him.

3.15pm: Rogerson is charged with Jamie Gao’s murder.

4.10pm: McNamara appears in court and doesn’t apply for bail. Both he and Rogerson are held in protective custody in Silverwater Jail.

But Gao vanished and, after an hour’s anxious wait, the Hong Kong nationals phoned Gao’s friends, who arrived to help search for him. Over the next few hours they took Gao’s car and drove around searching the streets of Padstow. They finally abandoned the vehicle in a nearby street and left the area, waiting almost 30 hours before going to police.

The friends told officers that Gao had been boasting for weeks about a meeting with a man named Glen, at 1.35pm on Tuesday, May 20, for a drug deal.

It appeared at the time the UTS student had been kidnapped and the Serious Robbery and Crime Squad were called in. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong nationals fled the country.

A senior detective said: “The clock was ticking because we thought we had this kid tied up somewhere and we had to find him.”

Led by the highly respected veteran Detective Inspector Russell Oxford, the entire resources of the squad were rallied. More than 50 detectives began the task of tracking Gao’s last movements, starting with an examination of all the CCTV vision retrieved from storage units in Padstow. As the hours ticked into Thursday, officers came to the CCTV footage taken from the Rent A Space storage facility on Davies Rd.

“We couldn’t believe our eyes,” said one senior detective. As they tracked back to the previous Tuesday, the CCTV showed two men getting out of a white station wagon, and one ushering the other into unit 803. Police claim the first man was later identified as Glen McNamara. The second was Gao.

A few minutes later a third man, whom police claim was Rogerson, entered the unit and pulled down the roller door. At 1.55pm the door opened again — but only Rogerson and McNamara came out. In that 10-minute window, police will allege Gao was shot dead with two bullets from a small calibre weapon fired into his chest.

Rogerson and McNamara are then allegedly seen backing their cars up to the unit’s entrance. From the back of a white station wagon, McNamara pulls a surfboard cover while from his silver Ford Falcon Rogerson takes what looks like a blanket, and they re-enter the unit. A short time later McNamara, 55, and Rogerson, 73, are seen dragging the surfboard cover with something heavy inside it from the unit and loading it into the back of the station wagon. Office chairs from inside the unit were placed on top.

Fast-forwarding through the CCTV footage, Rogerson and McNamara are allegedly seen returning to unit 803 the next day to clean it, spending 40 minutes inside before returning the office chairs they had removed the day before.

Starting with the video evidence, detectives worked backwards as the focus of the investigation switched from a possible kidnapping to a suspected murder.

Like a twisted version of Hansel and Gretel, McNamara and Rogerson, two experienced criminal investigators, scattered a trail of electronic and forensic evidence in their wake. The alleged drug deal and execution took place in the middle of the day and was captured by a multitude of cameras — most of which are clearly visible if you happen to glance up.

“The stars of Amateur Hour,” more than one detective said in disgust.

“It’s too bizarre, the story doesn’t make sense,” another officer said.

For the next five days detectives worked around the clock, gathering an abundance of evidence from CCTV, forensics, phone-tracking data and intercepted phone calls.

On the Friday night police issued a press release calling for help in locating Gao without revealing they were gathering evidence against their two prime suspects.

It was on the next day police discovered the white station wagon, and by now investigators were finalising plans to make arrests.

Police had eye on victim for years

DESPITE his image as a straight-A student, murder victim Jamie Gao had been in the sights of federal police as a suspected drug importer for years, it can be revealed.

The clean-cut 20-year-old UTS business student had been a ‘person of interest’ since 2011. Federal officers had even provided a 20-page document to NSW authorities detailing his activities.

That Gao was able to obtrain 3kg of ice signals he was a highly ranked and trusted member of the drug syndicate, believed to be a Hong Kong-based Asian organised crime group.

“He was not some lowly delivery boy,” said one senior detective. “No syndicate is going to trust some underling with 3kg of gear and you don’t get trusted with that much for your first deal.”

But police say that, inexplicably, Gao broke the underworld’s universal rule of drug-dealing: The drugs never go to the money.

“The money always comes to the drugs,” an experienced detective said. “The one with the drugs has the power; you would want to see the money before you show the gear — then you do the deal. But you never let the drugs out of your sight.”

It is clear Gao trusted who he was dealing with.

 

Last Sunday, Commander of the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad Detective Superintendent Luke Moore called a press conference to reveal details of Gao’s last known movements.

Meanwhile, Rogerson had flown to Brisbane for a speaking engagement and, with McNamara in the state’s south, detectives executed a number of search warrants at their homes, seizing several cars and crucial evidence. Also seized was McNamara’s Quintrex boat from his Caringbah storage unit, which police allege was used to dump Gao’s body.

At 6.30pm that day, McNamara was arrested during a car stop at Kyeemagh and charged with murder and supplying a commercial quantity of drugs. Then, in yet one more incredible twist, the next day as the morning news bulletins were reporting McNamara’s arrest and expected appearance at Kogarah Court, a blue tarp was spotted floating off Shelly Beach at Cronulla.

Inside was the body of Jamie Goa — the frayed rope around his feet had broken free of the weight that was supposed to sink him to the bottom of the ocean.

Both Rogerson and McNamara, who appeared briefly in court last week, did not apply for bail and have been remanded in custody until their next court date on July 22.

Detectives will now focus their attention on vital missing pieces of the puzzle, including the whereabouts of the Hong Kong nationals and who is behind the Hong Kong syndicate that supplied the drugs.

But for now, the once-formidable and feared Rogerson — now a frail 73-year-old — remains behind bars.

IS THIS SCENE OF GAO’S MURDER?

The The self storage units where Jamie Gao is believed to have been killed
The self storage units where Jamie Gao is believed to have been killed

STAFF at the Padstow storage facility where Jamie Gao is believed to have been murdered say there was nothing unusual on the afternoon he was killed.

Detectives contacted the storage business, just 600 metres from where Gao went missing at 1.40pm on Tuesday, May 20, early Thursday morning.

They met with staff at 2.30am and walked around the 510 unit business for 30 minutes before requesting the CCTV hard drive.

Detectives returned later that morning and seized the footage for the previous two weeks.

The business said it had not been contacted since.

A senior manager said he was unaware of forensic officers establishing a crime scene in a unit since Thursday.

He said police had not told them Gao was murdered on their site and detectives were “vague” when they visited the site.

Police said following Glen McNamara’s arrest on Sunday Gao was allegedly killed in a storage unit close to where he was last seen.

The site has more than 30 cameras and between 15 to 50 customers visit it each day.

“They said they were looking into a missing person possibly being held for ransom. We provided the CCTV to police,” the manager said.

“If it (a murder) was done it was without us knowing. There was nothing out of the blue that caught our attention.”

People who rent storage units need to provide government issued photo identification or can rent a unit through a business.

The manager said the sound-proofing of the units was equivalent to a garage.

“If someone was screaming you’d only hear it if you were walking past,” he said.

Investigators also visited a Bansktown storage facility, 2kms north of where Gao was last seen at McDonald’s, on Friday.

“They said they were checking storage facilities and were looking for a body,” a staff member said.

A third storage facility in Revesby refused to say if police had visited them over the last week.

On Monday detectives spent more than an hour inside Mick Meat’s on Arab Rd, where Gao was last seen getting out of his car, talking to staff.

Gao’s car was found by police around the corner on Stuart St after two Asian men who arrived with Gao returned hours after he went missing and moved it.

May 26, 2014

Sydney university student Jamie Gao

Sydney university student Jamie Gao 

update 11.30am 26/05/14

A body believed to be that of Jamie Gao found off the Sydney coast near Cronulla
A body believed to be that of Jamie Gao found off the Sydney coast near Cronulla
Police investigating the suspected murder of Sydney university student Jamie Gao are on their way to the discovery of a body off the coast of Cronulla.

A former NSW detective has been charged with Mr Gao’s murder, and officers attached to the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad are waiting to speak to disgraced former detective Roger Rogerson over the disappearance.

Police arrested Glen McNamara in the Sydney suburb of Kyeemagh last night
Police arrested Glen McNamara in the Sydney suburb of Kyeemagh last night

Sources close to the investigation have told Fairfax Media the discovery of the body “fits” with the events they allege happened around the time of the Mr Gao’s disappearance.

A police boat locates a body found off the coast of Sydney.A police boat locates a body found off the coast of Sydney.

NSW detectives are flying to Queensland on Monday to talk to Mr Rogerson.

Sydney Water Police officers scooped the body, which was wrapped in a blue tarpaulin, from the sea off Cronulla just before 9am on Monday.

The body was floating about 2.5 kilometres off Shelly Beach, said Lachlan Steven, who spotted it at 7.30am while travelling with a friend from Sydney Harbour to Cronulla in a boat.

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He said the body was wrapped in a bright blue-coloured tarpaulin held together by white rope. He saw two feet with “white leather runners” on.

Mr Steven, 24, who works in construction, described the body as small, about 150 centimetres in length. “[The body] was pretty short… a very small body,” he said.

He came within two metres of the body.

“It’s pretty sunny out here, and there’s no wind,” he said.

Sydney Water Police officers in San Souci confirmed they sent a boat and recovered the body.

“Police responded to reports of a body in the water off Shelly Beach at Cronulla. A post-mortem will determine the cause of death. The deceased has not been identified,” a police spokesman said.

FORMER Kings Cross detective Glen McNamara has been charged with the murder of missing student Jamie Gao.

Police believe Mr Gao, 20, was kidnapped and allegedly murdered after attending a mystery meeting on Arab Rd, Padstow last Tuesday.

The Sydney University student was last seen getting into a white car after talking to two men.

Disgraced former detective Roger Rogerson is also being sought for questioning over the disappearance of Mr Gao.

Another former detective and a known associate of Rogerson, Glen McNamara, was arrested at 6.30pm last night after a car stop in Kyeemagh.

The 55-year-old Cronulla man was charged at St George Police Station by the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad with murder and large commercial drug supply.

He was refused police bail to appear at Kogarah Local Court today.

Update 7.05pm 26/05/14

Jamie Gao was killed during drug deal with Glen McNamara and Roger Rogerson within an hour of getting in their car.They stole his drugs and McNamara killed him. His body wrapped in a tarp and dumped in the water off Cronulla Beach. Detectives have flown to QLD to get Rogerson. SCUMBAGS all 3, the drug dealer and these 2 ex coppers.

Investigators suspect Mr Rogerson was the second person sitting in a car when Mr Gao, 20, got inside, carrying what they say was $3 million worth of ice.

A security camera in Padstow caught some of the last movements of Mr Gao, showing him walking from his sports car on Arab Street with a bag tightly held in his right hand.

Within an hour police allege he would be killed for the bag’s contents – by  former Kings Cross detective Glen McNamara.

The 20-year-old is seen walking away from his white Nissan Silvia at 1.30pm, where he meets up with two other men.

He gets in their car and is driven to a storage unit nearby, where police allege he was murdered before 2.30pm.

Police claim the two men in the car were Mr Rogerson, a disgraced former detective, and Mr McNamara.

Glen McNamara is a former police officer who wrote a book about police corruption in King

Glen McNamara is a former police officer who wrote a book about police corruption in Kings Cross. 

Police executed a search warrant at McNamara’s residence in Cronulla, seizing a blue Ford Falcon XR6 and a number of other items of interest to investigators.

Officers also executed search warrants at Rogerson’s Padstow Heights home, seizing a silver Ford Falcon motor vehicle, and a storage unit in Caringbah, where they seized a boat.

A third car, a white Ford Falcon, has also been seized from a location in Cronulla.

Detectives believe this is the vehicle Mr Gao got into on Arab Rd last Tuesday.

Police are still trying to locate 73-year-old Rogerson, who is believed to be in Queensland.

Rogerson was not answering telephone calls last night.

2UE reported its news team had spoken to Rogerson’s wife Anne. She said Rogerson spoke to police about 8pm last night and denied any involvement in Mr Gao’s disappearance.

Robbery and Serious Crime Squad commander Det-Supt Luke Moore said the investigation by Strike Force Album would continue.

“Our inquiries to date have led us to conclude that Mr Gao has been murdered,” Det-Supt Moore said.

“While we have charged a man with murder, this investigation will continue and we may make further arrests.

“We still don’t know where Mr Gao’s body is and are strongly encouraging anyone who can help us locate his remains to contact police.”

McNamara’s lawyer Charles Moschoudis said last night he was unable to comment on the matter.

“I would like to help but I really can’t,’’ he said.

“It might be better if you speak to the police.’’

Former police detective Roger Rogerson.

Former police detective Roger Rogerson. 

University student Jamie Gao had been talking excitedly for days about the mystery meeting, which police now believe led to his kidnapping and murder.

Family and friends said the 20-year-old was vague about what the meeting was about except that it was of great significance­ to him. “Jamie told friends the meeting was really important, was excited about it but wouldn’t say much else,’’ Robbery­ and Serious Crime Squad head Detective Superintendent Luke Moore said yesterday. “And when he talked to friends he indicated he would be seeing them later in the day.’’

The Hurstville resident was last seen getting into a white car on Arab Rd, Padstow, near a McDonald’s about 1.40pm last Tuesday after chatting to two men.

“What that meeting was about, we don’t know,’’ Supt Moore said.

He has not been heard from since and his phone, keys and wallet were found near his white Nissan Silvia sedan, which was abandoned in Stuart­ St, Padstow, on the afternoon of that mysterious meeting.

There was nothing in Mr Gao’s background to suggest he was involved in drugs or any other criminal activity.

“But that is not to say he may not have gotten involved in something way above his head,’’ Supt Moore said.

At first police treated Mr Gao’s disappearance as a possible kidnapping for ransom but released details after the investigation led them to believe the motive was related to something else.

Jamie Gao’s motor vehicle, a Nissan Sylvia, was found abandoned in Stuart St, Padstow / P

Jamie Gao’s motor vehicle, a Nissan Sylvia, was found abandoned in Stuart St, Padstow

Police established there had not been any contact with family members and that Mr Gao’s family did not seem to have the sort of money normally­ associated with ransoms.

His mother, a Hurstville business owner who was on an overseas holidays at the time, has flown back from Hong Kong to Sydney. “Jamie is an only child and his mother is extremely distraught.”

Mr Gao was born in Sydney and was completing a business degree at the University of Technology, where he was a capable and good student.

Police investigations of friends, family and associates paint a picture of a fairly normal young man who didn’t have lots of money or a lavish lifestyle.

Friend Jessica Yun said on social media: “He hasn’t contacted us or anything, me and my friends are worried sick.”

Robbery and Serious Crime Squad commander Det-Supt Luke Moore addresses the media regardi

Robbery and Serious Crime Squad commander Det-Supt Luke Moore addresses the media regarding Jamie Gao’s disappearance. 

At the same time the then cop Roger Rogerson was putting criminals behind bars, he was a willing participant in many of the crimes.

After chalking up 13 bravery awards in the ’80s, his world quickly fell apart and he was jailed for a number of offences in the 1990s. In 2005 he and his wife were convicted of lying in 2005 to the Police Integrity Commission in 1999. He served another year in jail.

THE RISE AND FALL OF GLEN McNAMARA

Glen McNamara was a Kings Cross detective.

Glen McNamara was a Kings Cross detective. 

BY BEN McCLELLANGLEN McNamara was a police corruption informant and drug detective in Kings Cross.

He published two books, Dirty Work in 2010 and Savage Obsessions in 2012, about his career, including a plot to murder the corruption whistle blower which resulted in his wife miscarrying a child.

McNamara started his policing career at age 19 in the Kogarah and Cronulla areas in the 1980s before moving to the inner-city.

According to background information released about the author to promote Dirty Work McNamara was brought up in the southern suburbs of Sydney as a “real Aussie boy”.

“Free lunches, intimidation, the lack of arrests and criminal investigation rings at Darlinghurst and Kings Cross stations sounded warning bells in McNamara’s mind.”

He claimed to have uncovered a protection racket that involved notorious pedophiles Dolly Dunn and Colin Fisk who were alleged drug suppliers.

McNamara eventually fled to the US where he learnt of a murder plot against him before going to the Internal Police Security Unit.

He provided them with tapes and written evidence but claimed the unit betrayed him.

“Glen’s story is a tale of hard-hitting truth and guts, and the fight for justice by one lone policeman in a sea of corruption and money making,” the book’s press release claimed.

“Glen fails to give in, and clings to what’s right. In bravely sharing his story Glen takes a potential tragedy and turns it into an inspirational lesson of courage and strength.”

McNamara said in 2010, to promote Dirty Work, someone had to act.

“I was worried. Would I do all of the dirty work, like a broom cleaning up a floor, and in the end get locked up in the broom closest — dispensable?,” he said.

“All crime revolves around the financial powerhouse that is the drug trade. And drugs and pedophilia go together like a hand in a glove.”

Savage Obsessions claimed to be “true crime from the streets of Kings Cross”.

“From police violence, police informants and their murders, women who kill their mothers, pedophiles, gang rapists and suicides, this book is a true crime thriller.”

Roger Rogerson charged over Jamie Gao murder; Gao shot twice in the chest, police allege

 

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Disgraced former detective Roger Rogerson faces a media scrum as he is arrested at his Sydney home over the alleged murder of student Jamie Gao.

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Disgraced former police detective Roger Rogerson has been arrested at his Sydney home over the alleged murder of student Jamie Gao.

POLICE will allege that Jamie Gao was allegedly shot twice in the chest by two former detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara in a rented storage room.

Earlier today, the state’s most infamous former detective Rogerson limped into the dock at Bankstown Local Court charged with murdering student Gao.

A special late sitting was arranged to get Rogerson, 73, before a court after he was arrested earlier today.

His solicitor Paul Kenny said that he would be making a formal complaint about the “disgraceful” actions of police who turned up at Rogerson’s home this morning despite arrangements having been made with police for him to hand himself in at the Sydney Police Centre in Surry Hills.

He said Rogerson’s arrest was theatrical and staged for the media.

 

Under arrest...Detectives lead Roger Rogerson away for questioning. Picture: John Grainge

Under arrest … Detectives lead Roger Rogerson away for questioning.

‘Treated like a dog’.... Rogerson’s lawyer was furious at his treatment. Picture: John Gr

‘Treated like a dog’ … Rogerson’s lawyer was furious at his treatment.

Rogerson, 73, who recently had knee reconstruction surgery, was not required to say anything in court and he did not apply for bail.

Magistrate Elaine Truscott formally refused bail and remanded Rogerson in custody to appear at Central Local Court on July 22, the same day as his co-accused former Kings Cross detective Glen McNamara.

The body found floating off Cronulla yesterday was earlier identified as Gao, the missing Hurstville man.

It was spotted by fishermen early yesterday morning about 1.5km offshore. It was wrapped in a blue tarpaulin.

Detectives storm Rogerson’s property this morning.

Detectives storm Rogerson’s property this morning. 

And some use the front door.

And some use the front door. 

The 20-year-old University of Technology student had been missing since Wednesday.

An examination of the remains, for the purpose of identification, was conducted a short time ago. A post mortem examination, to determine the cause of Mr Gao’s death, has not yet been completed.

Detectives made the dramatic arrest just before 11am this morning, more than a dozen officers storming Rogerson’s Churchill Road address in Padstow.

Less than 10 minutes later brought out a frail looking Rogerson in handcuffs.

As he was escorted to a waiting police car Rogerson said: “We’re back to the Gestapo days now.

Taken away... Rogerson is driven from his home by detectives. Picture: John Grainger

Taken away … Rogerson is driven from his home by detectives.

“On the advice of my solicitor I am saying nothing”.

It is understood Rogerson was due to meet police at 12pm but officers did not wait with several banging on the front door asking his wife Anne to answer. Others raced around the back of the home.

Rogerson’s lawyer Paul Kenny said he was furious at the arrest. He said police treated Rogerson, 73, like an animal.

“He was treated like a dog,” Mr Kenny told reporters, adding he would complain to the police commissioner.

 He was treated like a dog. This is like something from a bad TV show 

“He’s very distressed. I’ve never seen conduct like this by NSW police. I’ve been in shoot outs. I’ve been bashed. I’ve had everything under the sun done to me.

“I’ve never seen conduct like it’s just occurred here ever.

“What occurred in there is not proper police practice, it’s an absolute disgrace”.

“This is like something from a TV show. But a bad TV show.”

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Police swarm Roger Rogerson’s Sydney home, arresting the disgraced former detective in relation to the alleged murder of student Jamie Gao.

Earlier Mr Kenny turned up at his client’s Padstow Heights home saying he did not want an “OJ Simpson situation”.

“We want things to move smoothly this morning. We don’t want any OJ Simpson situation,” he said, referring to the hysteria surrounding the pursuit and subsequent arrest of the famous sports and TV personality.

“We don’t want some type of American hysteria type situation. Things are totally out of control as it is.”

CONSUMMATE STORYTELLER: MANY ENJOYED A BEER WITH ROGERSON

Lawyer Paul Kenny at Rogerson’s home today

Lawyer Paul Kenny at Rogerson’s home today 

Rogerson pictured with Mark Dixon on Sunday.

Rogerson pictured with Mark Dixon on Sunday. 

Horror find ... Gao’s body floating in ocean

Horror find … Gao’s body floating in ocean 

Victim ... Jamie Gao

Victim … Jamie Gao 

Charged ... Former detective Glen McNamara yesterday. Picture Craig Greenhill

Charged … Former detective Glen McNamara yesterday.

Police recover Gao’s body wrapped in plastic and floating in water near Shelly Beach.

Police recover Gao’s body wrapped in plastic and floating in water near Shelly Beach. 

Rogerson was photographed with former Chopper Read bodyguard with boxer Mark “Hammer” Dixon on Sunday night. “He seemed on top of the world that day. He had a few beers, sold a few books. He didn’t have a worry in the world,” Mr Dixon said.

Yesterday, another former detective Glen McNamara was charged with Gao’s murder.

Damning CCTV footage allegedly captured the two former officers carrying between them what appears to be the body of Mr Gao.

Police will allege Mr Gao was killed in an alleged $3 million ice deal gone wrong.

The whole sequence of events from Mr Gao’s meeting about an hour earlier when he allegedly got into a car with the two men on a Padstow street was filmed on CCTV at various businesses in the south-western Sydney suburb.

The two experienced former police officers are alleged to have used their own cars. It is claimed that Mr Gao’s body was put in McNamara’s white station wagon, which was followed by Rogerson in his silver Ford Falcon.

Security vision showing a man, believed to be Jamie Gao, and two others getting out of a

Security vision showing a man, believed to be Jamie Gao, and two others getting out of a vehicle. 

Gao’s white Nissan Sylvia sedan was found abandoned in Stuart Street, Padstow

Gao’s white Nissan Sylvia sedan was found abandoned in Stuart Street, Padstow 

Almost at the same time as the arrest, fishermen found a body, believed to be that of Mr Gao, wrapped in a blue tarp with ropes and chains off Cronulla beach, the same suburb where McNamara lives with his wife and family.

As McNamara appeared in Kogarah Local Court charged with murder and supplying 3kg of methamphetamine and was refused bail, two detectives with the Serious Crime and Robbery Squad flew to Brisbane to find Rogerson, 73, and arrest him on the same drug and murder charges.

A post-mortem on Mr Gao, a young Sydney University of Technology student, is expected to be conducted today.

Detectives with the Serious Crime and Robbery Squad formed Strike Force Album and have been working around the clock since early Wednesday morning, following the report of Mr Gao’s disappearance on Tuesday afternoon.

Police will allege Mr Gao met with two young Asian men on Arab St, Padstow.

The two Asian men have not been identified.

Detective Superintendent Luke Moore said police believe Mr Gao was murdered near the Padstow meeting spot.

“The purpose of the meeting we now strongly believe, and we will be putting to the court, was for a drug transaction (for) a substantial quantity of prohibited drug,” he said.

Former detective Glen McNamara’s car being taken away from Kogarah Police Statio Picture

Former detective Glen McNamara’s car being taken away from Kogarah Police Statio Picture Craig Greenhill 

Police have seized CCTV footage from Mick’s Meat on Arab St which shows Mr Gao getting out of his white Nissan Silvia sedan and getting into a white Ford Falcon around 1.40pm, Tuesday. It shows him carrying a bag which police allege contained the ice.

A silver Ford Falcon allegedly belonging to Rogerson, who was known during his lengthy police career as “The Dodger”, can be seen in a car park in the foreground.

McNamara, a former Kings Cross detective who quit the force in 1990, was arrested at around 6.30pm on Sunday after his vehicle was stopped in Kyeemagh.

At his home in Cronulla, police seized a blue Ford Falcon XR6 and a number of other “items of interest to investigators”, police said.

McNamara’s white Ford Falcon station wagon was also seized as well as a boat allegedly belonging to him, which was being kept in a storage unit in Caringbah.

Officers searched Rogerson’s home at Padstow Heights and took away a silver Ford Falcon station wagon.

McNamara did not apply for bail during a short appearance before magistrate Christine Haskett in Kogarah Local Court yesterday. He was charged with murdering Jamie Gao between 1.40pm and 2.30pm in Padstow on May 20 and supplying 3kg of methamphetamine at the same time on the same date. He was not required to plea.

Ms Haskett granted a request by McNamara’s lawyer that he be put in protective custody. McNamara smiled at a small group of supporters believed to be his family.

IS THIS SCENE OF GAO’S MURDER?

The The self storage units where Jamie Gao is believed to have been killed

STAFF at the Padstow storage facility where Jamie Gao is believed to have been murdered say there was nothing unusual on the afternoon he was killed.

Detectives contacted the storage business, just 600 metres from where Gao went missing at 1.40pm on Tuesday, May 20, early Thursday morning.

They met with staff at 2.30am and walked around the 510 unit business for 30 minutes before requesting the CCTV hard drive.

Detectives returned later that morning and seized the footage for the previous two weeks.

The business told the Daily Telegraph it had not been contacted since.

A senior manager said he was unaware of forensic officers establishing a crime scene in a unit since Thursday.

He said police had not told them Gao was murdered on their site and detectives were “vague” when they visited the site.

Police said following Glen McNamara’s arrest on Sunday Gao was allegedly killed in a storage unit close to where he was last seen.

The site has more than 30 cameras and between 15 to 50 customers visit it each day.

“They said they were looking into a missing person possibly being held for ransom. We provided the CCTV to police,” the manager said.

“If it (a murder) was done it was without us knowing. There was nothing out of the blue that caught our attention.”

People who rent storage units need to provide government issued photo identification or can rent a unit through a business.

The manager said the sound-proofing of the units was equivalent to a garage.

“If someone was screaming you’d only hear it if you were walking past,” he said.

Investigators also visited a Bansktown storage facility, 2kms north of where Gao was last seen at McDonald’s, on Friday.

“They said they were checking storage facilities and were looking for a body,” a staff member said.

A third storage facility in Revesby refused to say if police had visited them over the last week.

On Monday detectives spent more than an hour inside Mick Meat’s on Arab Rd, where Gao was last seen getting out of his car, talking to staff.

Gao’s car was found by police around the corner on Stuart St after two Asian men who arrived with Gao returned hours after he went missing and moved it.

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