Julian Robert Cazabon, 38, pleaded guilty to conspiring with the police informer and others to smuggle cocaine.
Julian Robert Cazabon, 38, pleaded guilty to conspiring with the police informer and others to smuggle cocaine. The County Court heard the supergrass and another man, Shanu Krawiec, organised foreigners to act as drug couriers and to deposit cash into accounts in Australia. The informer was sent ATM cards so he could obtain the money overseas to buy more cocaine and pay for courier expenses. Cazabon's first job for the drug network was to meet and greet a drug mule on arrival at Sydney Airport in September last year. Defence lawyer John Kelly said his client, a long-term drug addict, used to buy his amphetamines from the supergrass and owed him a lot of money. After receiving threats, Cazabon went into hiding, but later agreed to meet the supergrass in Thailand. He refused to help traffic drugs there, but agreed he would try to pay off his $10,000 debt some other way and was later instructed to meet a man at Sydney Airport who had swallowed 1kg of cocaine. But the man, Michael McGrath, was arrested by Canadian police before he boarded the flight.
Cazabon said he got paid only $1000 for his role and had been terrified of the supergrass after receiving threats over the phone and a break-in at his parents' home. The court was told the police informer was fighting extradition to Australia from the Netherlands, where he was arrested in December last year. Judge Frank Gucciardo adjourned sentencing, pending a medical report.