The man known as “Goose” never left home without a gun during his time as a drug trafficker and enforcer for Wangaratta’s most recent ice syndicate.
Police say Alexander Miller, 25, was only involved in the operation for three months, between August and November 2016, but was responsible for 1.6 kilograms of ice sold during that time.
He was sentenced to six years in jail, with a minimum of four years before he is eligible for parole, after pleading guilty in Shepparton County Court this week to trafficking a commercial quantity of methamphetamine.
Miller’s involvement was revealed when police tapped the phone of syndicate leader Jasmine Bourne and heard him discuss “his tactics of debt collection including violence and the use of a ‘taser’ device to extract money from those owing funds”.
He was in possession of high amounts of money and drugs for sale, and for use himself.
Judge John Smallwood said he was concerned Miller had reoffended just months after being released for trafficking with a previous drug syndicate.
“You were claiming you had access to firearms, didn’t leave home without one … This is wannabe gangster stuff and the community can’t tolerate it,” he said.
“There are aspects of this that show it going way beyond your own addiction.”
In one conversation, Miller told Bourne he used a taser on a drug client’s head and threatened to use a shotgun.
“I’ve done nothing but f---ing help you with the money side, you know that,” he told his boss.
When Bourne told him Wangaratta police had arrested members of the syndicate he suggested recruiting more ice addicts, saying “we’ve got to get them dedicated”.
Bourne was this week sentenced to eight years in jail and will have to serve five years before she is eligible for parole.
Judge Smallwood said Miller had prospects of rehabilitation if he stopped using drugs.
“Hopefully at the age of 25, in all the circumstances, you can still turn your life around,” he said.
Taleah Corboy, 20, who described herself at the drug syndicate’s “accountant” and “secretary”, was sentenced to the four months in jail already served and was placed on a two-year community corrections order.
She pleaded guilty to a single charge of trafficking methamphetamine.
The mobile phone intercepts also revealed Corboy sold ice and collected a drug debt by threatening to ignite someone with a bottle of methylated spirits.
Ian Larkins, a New Zealand national released from jail this week after being sentenced to the nine months already served for his role in trafficking drugs, was immediately detained by the Immigration Department and faces deportation.
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