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'Bleak future' for drug trafficking pharmacist and brother

A pharmacist and his brother have been found guilty of trafficking more than 400 kilograms of a drug commonly found in cough medicine but which is also used to make ecstasy.

Ali Kozanoglu’s Coburg pharmacy was raided in 2011 by a joint state and federal taskforce investigating the criminal activities of an offender and his associates.

A Melbourne County Court jury heard that authorities had suspected that the man had obtained some of the raw material from dextromethorphan hydrobromide (DXM) – a compound commonly found in cough medicine – from Kozanoglu’s pharmacy.

Kozanoglu, 55, and his brother Riza Kozanoglu, 51, a laboratory assistant who worked in the business, were later charged with having trafficked a drug of dependence between June and August, 2010, and between January and June, 2011.

The Crown case was that the DXM trafficked was valued at more than $340,000.

It was also stated that there were 250 “voucher-less” deposits put into the brothers’ and a family member’s bank account that did not appear to come from any declared income.

The pair, both of Doncaster East, each pleaded not guilty but were found guilty by jury verdict last month after it deliberated for two days.

At their plea hearings on Monday, judge Gavan Meredith heard that one of the consequences for Ali Kozanoglu was the “destruction of his professional status and standing” and that he now faced a bleak future.

Defence barrister Tony Lavery said that being found guilty had “upended every aspect” of his client’s existence and had caused “widespread destruction”.

Mr Lavery submitted that the drug involved was not one more commonly trafficked as it was not addictive or was a substitute drug like methadone.

He said it could not be determined how much of the DXM, of which 25 kilograms was seized at the pharmacy, was used legitimately in the business.

Mr Lavery described Kozanoglu as a hard working and intelligent man “not steeped in the lifestyle of criminal behaviour” but who ultimately could not offer any explanation for what he had been found guilty of.

Adam Chernov, for Riza Kozanoglu, said his client had lived a decent, honourable life who was regarded, like his brother, by the authors of many written character defences as “steeped” in morals and ethics.

Mr Chernov said the pharmacy was run in the Sydney Road “melting pot of cultures” where Riza Kozanoglu, a father of three, and his brother had serviced the Islamic and broader multicultural community.

In his sentencing submissions, prosecutor Stephen Devlin accepted that DXM was a lesser drug than amphetamine and methamphetamine.

He said, however, that while customers of the man who sold the “faux” ecstasy tablets “may have been less satisfied with the drug”, DXM was still being used in the context of illicit drugs being made available and trafficked to the public.

“It’s not accepted (by the Crown) that it (DXM) had less detrimental effects in the community,” Mr Devlin argued.

Judge Meredith adjourned sentencing to a date to be fixed.

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'Bleak future' for drug trafficking pharmacist and brother

A pharmacist and his brother have been found guilty of trafficking more than 400 kilograms of a drug commonly found in cough medicine but which is also used to make ecstasy.

Ali Kozanoglu’s Coburg pharmacy was raided in 2011 by a joint state and federal taskforce investigating the criminal activities of an offender and his associates.

A Melbourne County Court jury heard that authorities had suspected that the man had obtained some of the raw material from dextromethorphan hydrobromide (DXM) – a compound commonly found in cough medicine – from Kozanoglu’s pharmacy.

Kozanoglu, 55, and his brother Riza Kozanoglu, 51, a laboratory assistant who worked in the business, were later charged with having trafficked a drug of dependence between June and August, 2010, and between January and June, 2011.

The Crown case was that the DXM trafficked was valued at more than $340,000.

It was also stated that there were 250 “voucher-less” deposits put into the brothers’ and a family member’s bank account that did not appear to come from any declared income.

The pair, both of Doncaster East, each pleaded not guilty but were found guilty by jury verdict last month after it deliberated for two days.

At their plea hearings on Monday, judge Gavan Meredith heard that one of the consequences for Ali Kozanoglu was the “destruction of his professional status and standing” and that he now faced a bleak future.

Defence barrister Tony Lavery said that being found guilty had “upended every aspect” of his client’s existence and had caused “widespread destruction”.

Mr Lavery submitted that the drug involved was not one more commonly trafficked as it was not addictive or was a substitute drug like methadone.

He said it could not be determined how much of the DXM, of which 25 kilograms was seized at the pharmacy, was used legitimately in the business.

Mr Lavery described Kozanoglu as a hard working and intelligent man “not steeped in the lifestyle of criminal behaviour” but who ultimately could not offer any explanation for what he had been found guilty of.

Adam Chernov, for Riza Kozanoglu, said his client had lived a decent, honourable life who was regarded, like his brother, by the authors of many written character defences as “steeped” in morals and ethics.

Mr Chernov said the pharmacy was run in the Sydney Road “melting pot of cultures” where Riza Kozanoglu, a father of three, and his brother had serviced the Islamic and broader multicultural community.

In his sentencing submissions, prosecutor Stephen Devlin accepted that DXM was a lesser drug than amphetamine and methamphetamine.

He said, however, that while customers of the man who sold the “faux” ecstasy tablets “may have been less satisfied with the drug”, DXM was still being used in the context of illicit drugs being made available and trafficked to the public.

“It’s not accepted (by the Crown) that it (DXM) had less detrimental effects in the community,” Mr Devlin argued.

Judge Meredith adjourned sentencing to a date to be fixed.

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'Bleak future' for drug trafficking pharmacist and brother

A pharmacist and his brother have been found guilty of trafficking more than 400 kilograms of a drug commonly found in cough medicine but which is also used to make ecstasy.

Ali Kozanoglu’s Coburg pharmacy was raided in 2011 by a joint state and federal taskforce investigating the criminal activities of an offender and his associates.

A Melbourne County Court jury heard that authorities had suspected that the man had obtained some of the raw material from dextromethorphan hydrobromide (DXM) – a compound commonly found in cough medicine – from Kozanoglu’s pharmacy.

Kozanoglu, 55, and his brother Riza Kozanoglu, 51, a laboratory assistant who worked in the business, were later charged with having trafficked a drug of dependence between June and August, 2010, and between January and June, 2011.

The Crown case was that the DXM trafficked was valued at more than $340,000.

It was also stated that there were 250 “voucher-less” deposits put into the brothers’ and a family member’s bank account that did not appear to come from any declared income.

The pair, both of Doncaster East, each pleaded not guilty but were found guilty by jury verdict last month after it deliberated for two days.

At their plea hearings on Monday, judge Gavan Meredith heard that one of the consequences for Ali Kozanoglu was the “destruction of his professional status and standing” and that he now faced a bleak future.

Defence barrister Tony Lavery said that being found guilty had “upended every aspect” of his client’s existence and had caused “widespread destruction”.

Mr Lavery submitted that the drug involved was not one more commonly trafficked as it was not addictive or was a substitute drug like methadone.

He said it could not be determined how much of the DXM, of which 25 kilograms was seized at the pharmacy, was used legitimately in the business.

Mr Lavery described Kozanoglu as a hard working and intelligent man “not steeped in the lifestyle of criminal behaviour” but who ultimately could not offer any explanation for what he had been found guilty of.

Adam Chernov, for Riza Kozanoglu, said his client had lived a decent, honourable life who was regarded, like his brother, by the authors of many written character defences as “steeped” in morals and ethics.

Mr Chernov said the pharmacy was run in the Sydney Road “melting pot of cultures” where Riza Kozanoglu, a father of three, and his brother had serviced the Islamic and broader multicultural community.

In his sentencing submissions, prosecutor Stephen Devlin accepted that DXM was a lesser drug than amphetamine and methamphetamine.

He said, however, that while customers of the man who sold the “faux” ecstasy tablets “may have been less satisfied with the drug”, DXM was still being used in the context of illicit drugs being made available and trafficked to the public.

“It’s not accepted (by the Crown) that it (DXM) had less detrimental effects in the community,” Mr Devlin argued.

Judge Meredith adjourned sentencing to a date to be fixed.

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'Bleak future' for drug trafficking pharmacist and brother
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