Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rocky Drug Trafficker's Role in 'Sophisticated' Op

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rocky Drug Trafficker's Role in 'Sophisticated' Op

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Byline: Amber Hooker

A SUCCESSFUL young businessman turned "sophisticated" drug trafficker never touched ice until his life dramatically changed aged 22.

After completing Year 12 in Emerald, Brent James Waldron returned to Yeppoon to set up Capricorn Coast Projects alongside his "best mate" and father.

The pair were successful in their contracting business, until Waldron's father received a shock lung cancer diagnosis which claimed his life in August 2012. Waldron was devastated, he "ignored the business" and it soon collapsed.

In the years to come, the then 22-year-old's next business associate would be Blair Campbell; the "prime target" of a successful police operation to bring down the Rockhampton man's drug operation.

Defence solicitor Doug Winning told of Waldron's descent into drug use, supply and trafficking as the now 27-year-old faced the Supreme Court of Rockhampton on 15 dangerous drug supply, possession and trafficking charges. Mr Winning told the court Waldron moved from his grandparents' Mount Morgan home in 2015 to a Lakes Creek Rd residence.

It is here he became involved with the owner, Campbell, through his second cousin and housemate.

"Once he moved in it became clear (his second cousin) was using methylamphetamines," Mr Winning told the court.

"Campbell informed Waldron he was being heavily surveilled by police, he was being stopped regularly by police... it was Operation North Copperhead and Mr Campbell was the prime target.

"He prevailed upon the defendant to, in essence, be a delivery boy for drugs."

The court heard two safes full of drugs were buried in the backyard of the Lakes Creek Rd home, and when customers contacted Campbell, he would refer them on to Waldron to supply the drugs.

Crown prosecutor Alexandra Baker told the court it was a series of "coded" messages both prior to and after Campbell's arrest on November 10, 2015 which ultimately led to Waldron's arrest on December 2, 2015.

Mr Winning later detailed some of the messages that were sent.

"On September 4 (2015), an associate of Campbell contacted Campbell seeking quote, 'a game'; the defendant supplied 3. …

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