A man caught dealing drugs in the car park of an Aldi supermarket in a ritzy Sydney suburb won’t be going grocery shopping again for a while after he was sent to prison for at least two years.
Electrician Jesse Lindsay Holloway said he used the money to pay off much of the mortgage on his Sydney apartment.
The 29-year-old owns a $1.1 million apartment in Sydney’s wealthy northern beaches suburb of Mona Vale. Just minutes from the beach and national parks, Mona Vale’s residents have an average income significantly above the city’s average.
Holloway was convicted of 30 drugs-related charges including supply of prohibited drug, possession of prohibited drugs and dealing with the proceeds of crime.
In a sophisticated operation, Holloway would deliver to customers in the Aldi car park their choice of ecstasy or LSD later that night if they put in orders by midafternoon.
At a sentencing hearing in September, he told the court he was a middleman between a much more significant dealer and those wanting drugs. He said he had no control over who the customers were and rather than taking a cut of the lucrative takings was simply paid a regular flat rate for his trouble.
But Judge Ian McClintock was unimpressed with his explanation that he was merely a lowly drug delivery man acting on higher orders.
“I don’t believe it,” he said suggesting Holloway was in fact running his own well-oiled machine. “I find the bare proposition incredible.”
Holloway said he swerved from electrics to eccies because it, “made life easier”.
“I became greedy, I could see I could make money getting drugs,” he said.
His dealer, Holloway claimed, gave him a mobile phone pre-loaded with contacts of customers who would reach him via the encrypted Wickr messaging app.
In a drugs version of the supermarket click and collect service, orders submitted by 3pm would be delivered by Holloway between 6.30pm and 9.30pm at the underground car park of the Mona Vale Aldi.
There is no suggestion staff at Aldi, or the company, knew of the crime occurring in the customer car park.
“During the day I was working. So, I would deliver the drugs after I finished work,” he said.
When the customers got in touch, he would fill envelopes with the desired substances. The drugs and the prices were all set by his dealer, said Holloway.
The customers would hand over an envelope with the cash in. Both had order numbers written on them, claimed Holloway.
“He (my dealer) wanted to monitor what drugs I sold and how much money came back.”
Rather than taking a cut of the sales, Holloway said he would get a lump sum of $2000 every one to two weeks.
If he’d had a good week he might get a bonus – not of money but of cocaine, MDMA or cannabis, which he could use himself or sell on.
“My addiction was pretty out of control. I would binge, 2-3 grams (of cocaine) at a time.”