Jury out in drug case

THE jury has retired to consider a verdict in the trial of a 58-year-old Hervey Bay man accused of supplying methylamphetamine to one of the Fraser Coast's biggest drug dealers.

James Cecil Norman Campbell has pleaded not guilty to supplying dangerous drugs to Constandinos Vasilios Dacolias, who boasted of controlling 90% of the meth trade on the Fraser Coast, twice in 2010.

The Maryborough District Court heard Dacolias was under surveillance as part of Operation Ice Bobcat, targeting organised crime in Hervey Bay.

Campbell, known as Jimmy, came into the picture when police intercepted phone calls between the two.

Crown prosecutor Clare Kelly told the court on September 17, 2010, an undercover police officer travelled with Dacolias to Campbell's Eli Waters home to allegedly pick up $600 worth of meth.

On October 15, the undercover police officer and Dacolias once again arranged to meet Campbell on the side of the road at Point Vernon, this time allegedly picking up $1100 of meth.

She said each time Dacolias would return to the car with the drugs concealed in a rolled-up newspaper and later hand the packages over to the officer.

But the police officer did not actually see the alleged transactions take place between Dacolias and Campbell.

"There is no direct observation of the defendant supplying drugs," defence counsel Bruce Peters told the court.

Campbell, a disability pensioner, chose to give evidence in the trial and told the court his dealings with Dacolias were to do with a personal loan.

He said he loaned lump sums of cash to people, charging at least $200 a fortnight in interest, and had loaned Dacolias $10,000.

He said he did not keep any records of any transactions and never asked his clients how they were going to pay the money back.

He flatly denied ever supplying Dacolias with dangerous drugs. Dacolias, 50, was jailed for eight years in January for drug trafficking.

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