Drug kingpin faces 15 years in jail

A SUNSHINE Coast drug kingpin who operated for nearly a decade could spend up to 15 years in jail.

After a jury found William Myles Bush, 43, guilty of trafficking and possessing dangerous drugs, he and his "employee", Gerald Joseph Panganiban, faced sentencing in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday.

The court heard Bush was the kingpin of a large Sunshine Coast drug ring that ran from 2003-11 and sold "wholesale" quantities of ecstasy, speed and marijuana to lower level dealers.

Police pulled over Bush and Panganiban, who were in a silver Ford Falcon, near the Ettamogah Pub on June 24, 2009.

Police found 195 steroid tablets, 4.5kg of marijuana and more than $60,000 in cash before searching Panganiban's shed.

There they found 5741 ecstasy tablets, another 3.6kg of marijuana, and drug lab glassware.

The court heard the drugs had a street value between $120,000 and $300,000 depending on how the drugs were packaged and sold.

The pair spoke in codes and had multiple phones.

To hide his income, Bush claimed he ran a legitimate business.

Despite Bush being arrested in 2009, the court heard he continued to deal drugs while he was on bail until 2011.

Bush has a criminal history of drug offending across Queensland and NSW dating back to 1991.

The court heard Panganiban worked as an "agent, an employee or runner" for Bush - picking up drugs or cash and liaising with customers.

A forensic accountant - using figures she said were in Bush and Panganiban's favour - estimated the ring had made more than $66,000 in profits between 2007 and 2009.

Crown prosecutor Jodie Wooldridge referred to previous trafficking cases where sentences had ranged from 10 years to 15 years' jail.

The sentencing, which ran from 10.30am- 4.30pm, will resume on Tuesday.

- APN NEWSDESK


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