Courier didn't ask questions about 'ice'

Courier didn't ask questions about 'ice'

A drug courier, allegedly paid by his brother-in-law to smuggle ''ice'' into the territory, has told a court he didn't ask questions about the arrangement.

Police pulled over Yaresul Silkeci back in August 2007, allegedly finding a package containing 144 grams of methamphetamine or ''ice''.

Silkeci's brother-in-law, Andros Steve Klobucar, is now standing trial in the ACT Supreme Court accused of procuring Silkeci to traffick in methamphetamine.

The police case hinges on secretly recorded phone conversations and text messages allegedly implicating the two men in the drug transaction.

Prosecutor Anthony Williamson said the Crown case would, by a ''circumstantial chain of reasoning'', put the phones in question ''in the pocket of the accused''.

To prove the procurement charge, the prosecution must establish Silkeci trafficked the drugs - a legal definition which includes transporting drugs in the belief they would be sold by someone else.


Police filmed 42-year-old Klobucar approaching Silkeci's red Ford Falcon and handing the driver a package.

Silkeci yesterday told Justice Hilary Penfold he exchanged the package, which he understood to contain money, for drugs in Sydney and then drove back to Canberra. He was intercepted on the Federal Highway near the Majura Road off-ramp.

The ice seized from his car was allegedly found to be almost 60 per cent pure, and the court heard the haul was worth an estimated $25,000.

A phone call, identified by Silkeci as a conversation between he and his brother-in-law, was played to the court yesterday.

In the recording one man, allegedly Klobucar, can be heard saying, ''It's crucial bro, otherwise we will miss the boat for a long time, you know''.

The court also heard several text messages were allegedly sent between the two, which Silkeci believed were exhorting him to drive and collect the drugs.

But he told the court he had no idea what Klobucar intended to do with the drugs.

''Basically, I was just told to pick it up, go home and just wait until you hear,'' he said.

''I don't know what was going to happen [with the drugs], I don't ask questions when I picked something up and dropped it off.''

The trial before Justice Penfold continues today.