The man accused of running a multi-million dollar drug trafficking ring is set to face a magistrate today.
In March, the Victorian Court of Appeal found the defendant guilty of running the “drug-trafficking operation” by “continuously supplying” the drugs to more than 70 Australians and the Commonwealth.
In November, the court sentenced the defendant to 18 months in jail for his role in the operation.
But on Friday, the Federal Court of Australia, in an extraordinary intervention, found that the Federal Government had acted properly by suspending the criminal investigation into the case.
The Federal Government’s decision came after a six-month hearing on an application by the Attorney-General’s Department for a temporary restraining order to prevent the criminal prosecution of Mr Gannon.
Mr Gannon had been arrested in August 2016 and charged with trafficking cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.
The prosecution alleged he ran the operation from a Brisbane apartment, which he shared with several others.
In the court’s decision, the Court of Appeals noted that Mr Gahan’s lawyers had previously told the court they did not intend to appeal against the Federal government’s decision to suspend the criminal proceedings.
“Mr Gahan will continue to seek the protection of the Australian Federal Police and the Federal Magistrates Court,” the decision stated.
“The Attorney-Greens have no intention of appealing against the decision.”
Mr Gagan, who was released on bail in November, did not attend court on Friday.
He will be sentenced in the Federal Circuit Court, in Melbourne, in the coming weeks.
Topics:drug-offences,drug-use,crime,crime-prevention,law-crime-and-justice,drugs-and‑substance-abuse,vic,arabiaFirst posted February 12, 2021 18:06:56Contact Sarah HallbrookMore stories from Victoria