Manhunt for fugitive; Rebel bikie on the run
By DARRYN NUFER
AN AUSTRALIA-wide man- hunt is on for Rockhampton bikie Michael James Miller.
Police yesterday issued a na- tionwide alert following the jail- ing of fellow Rockhampton Rebels Motorcycle Club member Bren- dan Joseph O'Brien.
O'Brien, 48, will spend the next 51/2 years in prison after a Su- preme Court jury found him guilty of possessing a large quan- tity of methamphetamines, as well as possession and supply of cocaine.
O'Brien was acquitted on the more serious charge of traffick- ing in methamphetamines.
Miller and another bikie, Ter- rence Michael Williams, were due to stand trial with O'Brien on February 20, but failed to appear. Warrants were issued for their arrest.
Williams was found hiding in a caravan park at Port Macquarie, New South Wales, on March 1. He remains in custody.
Miller, who was reportedly with Williams before his arrest, is charged with unlawful posses- sion, supply and trafficking of a dangerous drug.
He is described as being of cau- casian appearance, 173cm tall, thin build, with a short goatee beard.
He is heavily tattooed on both arms with dragon motifs.
Yesterday, Crown prosecutor Paul Alsbury said the value of methamphetamines found in O'Brien's possession, calculated on purity, was $268,500.
Mr Alsbury submitted a jail sentence in the range of six to 10 years was appropriate.
Mr Alsbury said O'Brien had shown no remorse for his serious offending.
The maximum sentence for methamphetamine possession is 25 years' jail.
O'Brien's defence barrister said a head sentence of up to six years was appropriate.
He said O'Brien was a tempo- rary possessor/courier, rather than an owner of the drugs.
The court heard that O'Brien had a lengthy criminal history and had served jail time on nu- merous occasions since 1974.
Handing down his ruling, Jus- tice Peter Dutney said the critical factor was the quantity of drugs in O'Brien's possession.
Police are asking any members of the public who have seen Miller or know of his where- abouts to contact them on 4932 1500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.