Man who supplied drugs in Aldi car park in ritzy Sydney suburb jailed


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.

Jesse Holloway leaves Manly Court at an earlier court hearing prior to his imprisonment. Picture: John Grainger.Source:News Corp Australia

SUPERMARKET DEALS

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.”

The deals occurred in the car part of the Aldi supermarket, unknown to staff.

The deals occurred in the car part of the Aldi supermarket, unknown to staff.Source:Alamy

MORTGAGE PAYMENTS

Aside from some cash on food and petrol, Holloway said the rest went on his home loan.

“I used the money to pay off the mortgage. I was trying to take shortcuts to make money.”

Of his $1.1 million mortgage, Holloway said he had paid off $800,000. The average price for a unit in Mona Vale is $945,000 according to realestate.com.au.

Holloway was arrested on October 24 last year in the Aldi car park after he had sold drugs to an undercover police officer.

Manly Daily quoted court documents that stated it was believed he had bought the drugs off the dark web.

“Police submit the accused is highly organised and capable of supplying large amounts of prohibited drugs,” court documents stated.

When police searched his house they found $5515 in cash and 22 different types of drugs including Ritalin, hallucinogens and steroids.

Continuing the retail analogy, Judge McClintock said, “I’ve seen shelves on the supermarkets with less products on them.”

Holloway had said he didn’t identify to police the man he claimed organised the entire drugs enterprise because he was afraid “they will attack me and there will be some kind of consequence”.

Jesse Holloway will be eligible for parole in 2021. Picture: John Grainger

Jesse Holloway will be eligible for parole in 2021. Picture: John GraingerSource:News Corp Australia

‘I DON’T BELIEVE IT’

The judge said he had deep “scepticism” about Holloway’s description of his narcotics career and accused him of “distancing himself” from the likely profit made.

“His account doesn’t marry up with facts. I don’t believe it,” Judge McClintock said.

“A more normal arrangement might be he takes the cash and benefits from it without the overarching intervention of a supplier who gives him his customers, takes the money and pays him a stipend.”

The judge said Holloway’s actions – when contacted by a police officer posing as a customer – raised further questions about his story.

“The undercover officer contacts him, gives him the money and the money goes in his wallet,” he said.

“They’re a stranger. How are they part of the list of people he’s supposed to supply with? How is their money going into envelopes — it’s not.”

“I found the bare proposition incredible,” said Judge McClintock.

Holloway spent several months at a residential rehab facility where he said he had limited access to his family and girlfriend.

On Friday, Holloway was sentenced to four years imprisonment at Sydney’s Downing Centre District Courts. The sentence will commence at the end of August. With a non-parole period of two years he could be released, at the earliest, on August 23, 2021.



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