Opal bandit sentenced to jail

Carlo Kohl, shown arriving at Hervey Bay Police Station with Maryborough Police District detectives in 2010.
Carlo Kohl, shown arriving at Hervey Bay Police Station with Maryborough Police District detectives in 2010. Karleila Thomsen

A GERMAN tourist was living a "lawless life" without a visa as he ran drugs between Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Rainbow Beach and the Sunshine Coast for more than two years without detection.

Carlo Konstantin Kohl, 24, would make ecstasy and marijuana drop-offs up for a River Heads man for 20% commission and a little pot on the side between 2007 and 2009.

He was running up to 1000 ecstasy tablets a week worth about $25,000 including regular weekly drop-offs to Rainbow Beach.

The drug courier stole passports and number plates at Toowoomba and Ipswich to change his identity and disguise his car.

He was also breaking into homes up and down the coast.

Police only learned of the drug trafficking after stolen property was found at his camping site at John's Landing at Noosa Heads and Kohl tried to explain why he was breaking into homes.

He told them he had ditched 1000 pills when police were nearby and his boss was making him pay back a $25,000 debt as a result.

Kohl, who has been in custody for 883 days, was jailed for nine years when he faced Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday.

Justice Jean Dalton said the level of criminality was high and Kohl had committed a "shocking series of offences".

"You were more than a drug courier or mule, you were involved pretty intimately with the business he was carrying on and you were involved for profit," she said.

Crown prosecutor Michael Lehane said in the most serious offence Kohl entered a home and pulled a replica pistol on a man at River Heads.

Mr Lehane said Kohl had also brought $165,000 worth of opals into Queensland which another man had stolen from a business in Coober Pedy, in South Australia, and planned to take back to Germany.

Defence barrister Sarah Thompson said her client went "off the rails" when his father died in 2006.

She said Kohl, who had been seriously assaulted twice in custody, would spend the rest of this time in solitary confinement.

He will be eligible for parole in January because of the time he has already served.

Topics:  drugs drug trafficking ecstasy jail marijuana

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