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AustraliaCafe owner who boasted lavish lifestyle online jailed for drug dealing

16:01  06 september  2019
16:01  06 september  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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A Canberra cafe owner , accused of running a major drug operation to fuel a flamboyant lifestyle played out on Facebook and Instagram, has been found Commonwealth prosecutor Darren Renton pointed to the social media images of Baker showing off his expensive cars and lavish lifestyle .

A Canberra cafe owner who used social media to show off flashy cars and brag about his apparent success is jailed for drug trafficking in the ACT Supreme Court. He allegedly attempted to import drugs from China, and Cafe owner who boasted about lavish lifestyle guilty of drug trafficking.

A former cafe owner turned drug trafficker who boasted about luxury cars and holidays on social media has avoided life behind bars.

Brendan Baker, 28, was jailed for 13 years and 8 months for importing and trafficking tens-of-thousands of dollars of MDMA, cocaine and cannabis.

Details of the Canberra man's lavish lifestyle, which he splashed across social media, proved key to his prosecution, when investigators discovered his expenses didn't match his income.

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The social media lifestyle of one of five men charged over a "significant" drug trafficking operation in Canberra was "incompatible" with his reported income According to a statement of facts tendered to the court, police alleged one of the men, Brendan Leigh Baker, 26, " boasted " on social media about

A former cafe owner turned drug trafficker who boasted about luxury cars and holidays on social Details of the Canberra man's lavish lifestyle , which he splashed across social media, later proved key to Brendan Baker, 28, was jailed for 13 years and 8 months for importing and trafficking in tens of.

Cafe owner who boasted lavish lifestyle online jailed for drug dealing © Facebook Details of the Canberra man's lavish lifestyle, which he splashed across social media, later proved key to his prosecution A police search of Baker's home uncovered large sums of cash.

He was arrested in April 2018, after a former business partner became a police informer in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

Baker pleaded not guilty to 12 charges and the case went to trial in the ACT Supreme Court.

Cafe owner who boasted lavish lifestyle online jailed for drug dealing © Facebook A police search of Baker's home uncovered large sums of cash.

The defence argued the evidence of the informant - who was also a drug dealer - was unreliable.

After two days of deliberation, the jury found Baker guilty of 11 charges.

Cafe owner who boasted lavish lifestyle online jailed for drug dealing © Facebook Brendan Baker, 28, was jailed for 13 years and 8 months for importing and trafficking in tens of thousands of dollars of MDMA, cocaine and cannabis.

In sentencing today, Acting Chief Justice John Burns noted Baker had reasonable prospects for rehabilitation but said he hadn't taken responsibility for his conduct and "never fully acknowledged his involvement in the offences".

Baker will be eligible for parole in April 2025.

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