Why terminally ill pensioner allegedly sold cocaine

A TERMINALLY ill pensioner nicknamed "Uber Bob" was selling $7200 of cocaine a week to set up his children before heading south to commit voluntary euthanasia, it is alleged.

However, police have accused him of using the money to fund a heavy gambling problem and to pay for prostitutes.

Robert Alexander John Pearson, 67, was granted bail in the Southport Magistrates Court last week where he faced multiple charges including trafficking of drugs.

Court documents allege the Arundel man was "living a lifestyle well above that of an unemployed pensioner" and was gambling and engaging prostitutes.

Pearson was allegedly on welfare at the time.

Robert Alexander John Pearson is alleged to have made up to $7200 a week selling cocaine. Picture: iStock
Robert Alexander John Pearson is alleged to have made up to $7200 a week selling cocaine. Picture: iStock

"(Pearson) stated to another person that once he had set up his kids financially, he was thinking of travelling to Victoria for voluntary euthanasia as he did not see the point of 'hanging around'," it is alleged in the court documents.

This comment allegedly gave police concerns Pearson would harm himself to avoid the consequences of his alleged drug dealings.

The court documents do not detail Pearson's terminal illness.

It is alleged Pearson was a "prolific supplier" on the Gold Coast with most of his customers near Hope Island, but he would travel between Brisbane and Byron Bay to see clients.

"He did not wait for people to contact him to supply dangerous drugs," it is alleged in the court documents. "He would contact regular customers if he was near their addresses and ask if they wanted dangerous drugs."

A police search of Pearson's car late last month found enough cocaine to supply at least 43 people, it is alleged.

Police allege Pearson sold cocaine to people who had been asked to be cut off. Picture: istock
Police allege Pearson sold cocaine to people who had been asked to be cut off. Picture: istock

Police allege Pearson's busiest times were Friday and Saturday nights during which he would sell drugs to up to 30 people between 2-10pm each night.

"Despite being 67 years of age, the defendant displayed an enviable work ethic, unfortunately it was supplying dangerous drugs," it is claimed in the documents.

It is alleged Pearson would also offer drugs to former clients who had asked him to "cut them off" if they were buying too much.

"(Pearson) does not only wait for people to come to him, he actively seeks them out to supply," it is alleged.

"(Pearson) will supply drugs to those that he knows are struggling with addiction and other issues."

Police allege Pearson was buying cocaine from a supplier for about $8000 an ounce and selling it for about $9800 an ounce, or $350 a gram.

He was selling enough to make about $7200 a week, it is alleged.

Court documents allege he then used that money for his heavy gambling problem and to engage prostitutes.

It is alleged the profits were used to feed a heavy gambling problem and engage prostitutes. Picture: iStock
It is alleged the profits were used to feed a heavy gambling problem and engage prostitutes. Picture: iStock

Pearson allegedly registered as an Uber driver but police claim they could find no evidence that he performed trips for the ride sharing service during their investigation.

It was that status that allegedly earned him the nickname "Uber Bob" from his clients.

It is alleged Pearson lived with his two daughters and son-in-law.

Police allege Pearson stopped supplying cocaine for days when he thought police had become suspicious of his activities.

Pearson was granted bail when he appeared in court with a number of conditions, including he not take drugs, he attend Gamblers Anonymous, he not have a mobile phone, he not leave Queensland and he report regularly to police.

His case will return to court on January 14.



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