Evidence stacks up against drug trafficker

IN THE end, a jury could not dismiss the overwhelming amount of evidence police had gathered over a five-month period resulting in one of the biggest drug busts seen on the Sunshine Coast.

William Myles Bush was found guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday to trafficking ecstasy, speed, and marijuana on the Sunshine Coast between 2003 and 2011.

However, the jury found him not guilty of cocaine trafficking.

Towards the end of his trial, Bush pleaded guilty to other charges including unlawfully possessing a dangerous drug and unlawfully possessing a dangerous drug, namely cannabis, in an amount exceeding 500 grams.

Over the past 11 days jurors heard how police conducted a five-month investigation involving phone records, surveillance and a car tracker in a bid to capture the 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 meticulously took jurors through thousands of text messages last week which showed Bush was more than just a drug courier and small time peddler as he claimed . . . he actually ran the show.

Justice Anthe Philippides thanked jurors for their service before dismissing them of their duties.

Bush is expected to be sentenced later this week.

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