•   
  •   

AustraliaPhat Stacks burger restaurant founder guilty of drug trafficking

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

The Real Message Behind Justin Bieber’s Drug Confession

The Real Message Behind Justin Bieber’s Drug Confession The onetime child star is telling himself that he’s not alone in his struggles—and that his fans aren’t either.

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.

From sinister to minister: politician's drug trafficking jail time revealed

From sinister to minister: politician's drug trafficking jail time revealed A senior Thai government minister who played down his criminal past spent four years in a Sydney jail in the 1990s over a conspiracy to import three kilograms of heroin.

"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.

Ballsy teenager, 19, who surfed nude at a packed Sydney beach tells police he did it as a dare for a free BURGER - only to be fined $550 for the brazen stunt

Ballsy teenager, 19, who surfed nude at a packed Sydney beach tells police he did it as a dare for a free BURGER - only to be fined $550 for the brazen stunt A teenager who was given a $550 fine for surfing naked at a popular Sydney beach told police the stunt was for a free burger. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A teenager was given a $550 fine for surfing naked at Sydney's Manly Beach. He told police the stunt was a dare for a free burger The 19-year-old said his friends had promised him a free burger if he surfed nude at the Manly Beach, Sydney, on Sunday afternoon. Onlookers including families and young children watched on in horror as the man stripped naked and paddled out on his surfboard, the Daily Telegraph reported.

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.

Read more

The 20 highest-paying companies in Silicon Valley in 2019.
Glassdoor just released its list of the highest paying companies in 2019. 

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 3
This is interesting!