A COUPLE who claimed they attempted to import a large amount of cocaine to the Gold Coast because they were threatened by a Colombian drug cartel were jailed for 11 years.
The Chief Justice Paul de Jersey praised the Australian Federal Police for their efforts in the case which involved drugs sent from South America to Australia via Germany.
The man accused of shooting a father-of-three who was walking with his family in Surfers Paradise last December has been freed on bail.
Rick El Masri, 35, is charged with shooting Hylton Miller, 42, on December 4 last year after he fired a handgun indiscriminately from balcony of an apartment of high rise Circle on Cavill.
Guns on the Gold Coast – Bill Potts
Gun licences on the Gold Coast have risen by 36 per cent over the past two years, nearly double the figure for the rest of the state. There’s also been a growing increase in the number of gun related incidents. Some say fear of growing home invasions is driving the rise in ownership while others point to an increase in criminal gangs. So what is it? Bill Potts is a criminal lawyer based on the Gold Coast.
Bill Potts speaks to Channel 9 about the decision by the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) to execute a search warrant on a residence in Southport. The Gold Coast bat population needs to be addressed by DERM.