Former NRL player Matt Seers pleads guilty to drug trafficking

Ex-Rabbitohs Player John Touma Handed Nine-Year Jail Sentence

Ex-Rabbitohs Player John Touma Handed Nine-Year Jail Sentence

A former NSW State of Origin fullback has been jailed for the role he played in a drug trafficking network based on the Gold Coast.

John Touma pleaded guilty to charges including trafficking, supplying and possessing cocaine during 2013 and 2014.

Brisbane's Supreme Court today heard that Touma was identified by the probe as the ringleader of a drug syndicate which supplied cocaine to 48 people, at least 11 of which were regular customers, in south-east Queensland.

John Touma, a former NRL Sydney Roosters player, pleaded guilty to four offences including supplying, possessing and trafficking risky drugs.

Touma was charged with supplying, possessing and trafficking unsafe drugs in 2015 after an investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission.

Although charges were dismissed against four of them, Taylor and Hunt both pleaded guilty to cocaine possession (in 2016 and 2015 respectively) and were both handed fines.

"The business was well established and dealing with large quantities."

Matt Seers has been jailed for four years, suspended after 12 months.

Prosecutor Mark Whitbread told the court Touma, a former rugby league player himself, was the head of the Gold Coast operation.

"He made six trips to Sydney on behalf of Mr Touma", Mr Whitbread said.

Two other men were arrested in relation to drug trafficking, Adam Raymond Surplice and Peter Ierhias Kassiotes were employed as drivers to delivering drugs and take cash from locations in Sydney, Rockhampton and Toowoomba.

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