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'Big-noting' Bay drug dealer scores eight years of jail

Constandinos Dacolias outside the Hervey Bay courthouse at an earlier court appearance.
Constandinos Dacolias outside the Hervey Bay courthouse at an earlier court appearance. Roderick Makim

A HERVEY Bay drug trafficker, who advertised his business by "boasting" about links to an outlaw motorcycle gang and "big-noting" himself, has been jailed for eight years.

Constandinos Vasilios Dacolias, 50, claimed he conducted 90% of the methylamphetamine trade on the Fraser Coast and controlled the so-called "gas" market.

He also boasted the Rebels were "sorting out" people threatening him, that he had weapons and had $11,000 cash saved up for a house deposit.

But Brisbane Supreme Court heard the Pialba man was full of hot air when it came to most of his claims.

"You were in the habit of big-noting yourself and dressing up the extent of your drug dealing activity," Justice Martin Daubney said.

But Justice Daubney said Dacolias's business was not a small-time drug trafficking operation.

Police began surveillance - telephone intercepts and a covert operative - on Dacolias after he was involved in an incident on the Bruce Hwy.

Over four months in 2010, police learned the majority of his customers were street level but he had five people who bought large amounts to on-sell to their own clients.

Dacolias would engage gophers and runners to deliver and source the meth and cannabis, but would transport drugs to important clients himself.

Crown prosecutor Sarah Farnden told the court Dacolias had 63 customers but also organised precursors and tablets to use in amphetamine cooks, admitting in one phone call that he was involved in a cook.

She said he did source drugs from people with links to the Rebels, sometimes supplying them too, but it was not a joint criminal enterprise.

Defence barrister Rick Taylor said his client was a father of two who got into the drug trade to support his addict girlfriend.

He said he also used the money to support his gambling habits, usually betting on horses.

The court heard Dacolias was on a disability pension for chronic diarrhoea and the drugs were his only other income.

Mr Taylor said Dacolias did have a desire to make a profit but did not make any wealth from selling drugs despite his "exaggerations".

Dacolias will be eligible for parole in September, 2015.

Topics:  bikie gangs, brisbane supreme court, drug dealing, drug trafficking, hervey bay, methylamphetamine, rebels, weapons




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