Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

COURT TOLD HE IS ,CyPINNACLE' OF INTERNATIONAL DRUG SYNDICATE Mackay Man Markis Turner Refused Bail over Cocaine Haul; MACKAY'S MARKIS TURNER REFUSED BAIL OVER COCAINE HAUL

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

COURT TOLD HE IS ,CyPINNACLE' OF INTERNATIONAL DRUG SYNDICATE Mackay Man Markis Turner Refused Bail over Cocaine Haul; MACKAY'S MARKIS TURNER REFUSED BAIL OVER COCAINE HAUL

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Byline: Bruce Mckean bruce.mckean@dailymercury.com.au

MACKAY businessman Markis Turner, left, imported $20million worth of cocaine by being C[pounds sterling]at the pinnacleC[yen] of an international drug syndicate and by being involved at every level, Commonwealth prosecutor Aaron Guilfoyle said in court yesterday.

Allegations about Turner's role as a big player in the multi-million dollar importation were aired when Turner applied for bail in Mackay Magistrates Court.

Turner first came to the attention of authorities last year when he unsuccessfully tried to buy up to 100kg of cocaine that had been smuggled into Sydney, Mr Guilfoyle told the court yesterday.

He had been on two overseas trips since February 11 this year, leaving Australia for a total of 45 days and visiting Panama and Colombia.

He had allegedly sent large amounts of money overseas but authorities did not know where it was.

Turner also planned future imports of large amounts of drugs, Mr Guilfoyle told the court.

C[pounds sterling]It is suspected that he has the means and the contacts to leave Australia,C[yen] Mr Guilfoyle said when he opposed the bail application.

Markis Scott Turner, 38, is the sole director of CQE Materials and Handling Pty Ltd. He was one of four Mackay men arrested by Australian Federal Police (AFP) after more than 50kg of cocaine was found hidden in 17 of 600 barrels of hydraulic oil, which were seized at the Mackay railway yards on Friday night. It will be alleged that the drugs arrived from South America in Melbourne on May 10 and were then ferried to Brisbane before being placed on a train to Mackay.

A total of 14 arrests have been made in Australia, Panama and Colombia.

Townsville-based barrister Justin Greggery applied for bail for Turner, saying that although Turner was not married and did not have children he had strong ties to the Mackay community and would not flee.

It was conceded for the purposes of the bail application that there was a strong case against Turner and that, if convicted, he faced a lengthy term of imprisonment, Mr Greggery said. …

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