Man waits on jury verdict on king pin drug trafficking
A MAN faces an anxious wait for a jury to determine if he is guilty of being one of the Sunshine Coast's biggest drug traffickers.
William Myles Bush has pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court to trafficking ecstasy, speed, cocaine and marijuana on the Sunshine Coast between 2003 and 2011.
Over the past nine days jurors have heard how police conducted a five-month investigation involving phone records, surveillance and a car tracker in a bid to capture the alleged drug king-pin.
The court heard Bush was arrested, along with an associate who pleaded guilty at the start of the trial, near the Ettamogah Pub on June 24, 2009.
Police searched the vehicle the two men were travelling in and found 195 steroid tablets in a jar as well as 4.5kg of marijuana in the boot.
Subsequently police found 5741 ecstasy pills, 3.6kg of marijuana and drug lab glassware in a garage in Caloundra.
Crown Prosecutor Todd Fuller took jurors through thousands of text messages which police allege showed Bush was more than just a drug courier and small time peddler as he claims . . . he actually ran the show.
He said on Wednesday words like "dog food", "wine", "cement" and "sean penn" shown in send or received text messages from one of Bush's three mobile phones were code words used for drug transactions.
Mr Fuller went on to show the jury how the text message married up to "show the bigger picture" when compare with surveillance and car tracking police used to capture the alleged trafficker.
"What do you need in order to run a business?" Mr Fuller said.
"You need a product and customers.
"Well you can see clearly from all the text messages he (Bush) certainly had both.
"What the text message between multiple people clearly establishes is there was a business being conducted.
"And that business the Crown says was the trafficking of cocaine, methamphetamines, ecstasy and cannabis."
Justice Anthe Philippides is expected to wrap-up her directions to the jury today before they retire to consider their verdict.