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AustraliaPhat Stacks burger restaurant founder guilty of drug trafficking

08:25  16 september  2019
08:25  16 september  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

Cafe owner who boasted lavish lifestyle online jailed for drug dealing

Cafe owner who boasted lavish lifestyle online jailed for drug dealing 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 founder of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender portal was convicted of one count of drug trafficking in the State Courts on Tuesday (February 27).

Phat Stacks burger restaurant founder guilty of drug trafficking© Facebook Emad Zarghami was found guilty of trafficking cocaine by a County Court jury last week. Before a young refugee turned to drug trafficking, he would have been considered a "success story", a Melbourne court has been told.

Emad Zarghami was found guilty of trafficking cocaine by a County Court jury last week after being found with 280 grams of the drug in his Audi sports car while leaving Crown Casino on December 26, 2017.

He was on bail at the time after being previously found with amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy.

Phat Stacks burger restaurant founder guilty of drug trafficking© Victorian Police Police pulled over the 24-year-old in his Audi. Phat Stacks burger restaurant founder guilty of drug trafficking© Victorian Police They found 280 grams of cocaine in a bag in his boot.

The 24-year-old, who fled Iran and travelled to Australia by boat with his family as a child, had been living a "high-roller lifestyle" at the time of his arrest, including purchasing the Audi and two Rolex watches, along with hotel and casino visits.

Downfall of the socialite and his VERY glamorous wife who rubbed shoulders with Sydney's elite and lived a jetset lifestyle before he was charged with drug trafficking offences

Downfall of the socialite and his VERY glamorous wife who rubbed shoulders with Sydney's elite and lived a jetset lifestyle before he was charged with drug trafficking offences A Sydney socialite and massage app mogul has been arrested for allegedly supplying 300kg of cocaine in the city. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Matthew James Doyle (pictured with wife Kelsea) Doyle, from Burraneer in Sydney¿s south, was arrested by the NSW Police Organised Crime Squad on Wednesday Matthew James Doyle was charged with supplying a commercial quantity of cocaine and two counts of knowingly dealing with cash that was the proceeds of crime, according to The Daily Telegraph.

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- A Wichita man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to drug trafficking and agreed to forfeit the building where his restaurant is located as well Gerald Beasley, 62, Wichita, Kan., owner of Tiara’s Place, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of

"The flashy car, the lifestyle, the casinos and so forth has all come to what? Nothing. He's going to do a jail term. He's going to be punished," his lawyer Nicholas Papas told a pre-sentence hearing today.

Zarghami had "suffered a huge fall" after once being considered a model refugee, Mr Papas added.

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The founder of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender portal was convicted of one count of drug trafficking in the State Courts on Tuesday (February 27).

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Phat Stacks burger restaurant founder guilty of drug trafficking© Victorian Police Police also found wads of cash.

At the age of six, Zarghami, his two-year-old brother and parents made two attempts to get to Australia from Indonesia on a people-smuggler's boat.

The first was intercepted by Indonesian authorities and the family spent three months in a detention centre before trying again and reaching Australia.

They spent six months in South Australia's Woomera Detention Centre before settling in Melbourne, where Zarghami became a high-achieving student.

He won a scholarship to study commerce at the University of Melbourne before opening a successful gourmet burger restaurant, Phat Stacks, with his parents at Camberwell.

"People who spend weeks on a boat coming from Indonesia at great personal risk can achieve something as proper members of society. He showed that until he got into the grip of drugs," Mr Papas said.

"Up until 2017 he'd be viewed as a significant success story," Judge Michael Tinney conceded.

Mr Papas said Zarghami would be "retraumatised" if sentenced to a lengthy jail term and asked the judge to consider his client's age and lack of criminal history prior to 2017.

The restaurant has since been sold and Zarghami told the court today his occupation was a "professional gambler".

"He spends much of his time playing cards, which he thinks he can make a living off," Mr Papas said, noting his "parents aren't keen on that".

"He's just living a totally warped existence," Judge Tinney said.

Zarghami will be sentenced on Wednesday.

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Jonita Ragaisyte, 27, pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing a drug of dependence, after police raided the Melbourne apartment she shared with then-boyfriend Cemre Volkan. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jonita Ragaisyte, 27, pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing a drug of dependence Volkan was convicted and jailed last year for drug trafficking and possession after police found an 'Aladdin's cave' of drugs in the apartment, including cocaine, GHB, ketamine, LSD, MDMA, steroids and testosterone.

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