Dealer sentenced over massive Civic drug bust

Dealer sentenced over massive Civic drug bust

It was the fancy, brand new and brand name appliances stashed in Nathan Davidson's underground car space that first raised suspicions. But the stash of white goods - purportedly stolen - was only the beginning.

Nathan Davidson, 34.

Nathan Davidson, 34.

When police searched his home in December last year they found, hidden under Davidson's own oven and in his freezer, tens of thousands of dollars worth of cash and drugs.

The former far-right nationalist was the sole tenant of the apartment in Civic's Metropolitan Apartments building.

When police searched Davidson's car space, as well as his car and flat, in September, they found more apparently stolen appliances, including a Vintel wine fridge and Miele and Smeg ovens, dishwashers and cooktops, as well as a Honda generator, an iPod, Samsung electronics and tools.


Officers arrested Davidson on charges of receiving stolen property and released him on bail.

In December, police searched the apartment again. They said at the time the raid formed part of Operation Tribulation - a drug-focused operation - and a long investigation by ACT Policing.

Davidson showed officers how to remove his oven and lift a piece of melamine board, revealing three shoe boxes, a safe, a bag of crystalline substance and numerous bags of cash.

In total, police found $60,000 under the oven, as well as some $30,000 in the freezer.

Police seized almost $90,000 in cash from Davidson's apartment.

Police seized almost $90,000 in cash from Davidson's apartment.Credit:ACT Policing

There was also a safe in the bedroom, a money counter on the coffee table, and bags of inositol and caffeine powder, both commonly used to cut cocaine.

In Davidson's flat, there were an amount of ice that was 90 time the trafficable amount, 37 times the trafficable quantity ecstasy, 23 times the trafficable amount of heroin, and 20 times the trafficable amount of cocaine.

Police said at the time the drugs were worth some $850,000.

Drugs seized from Davidson's home.

Drugs seized from Davidson's home.Credit:ACT Policing

Davidson, 34, was at the time on bail for the stolen property offences, and several intensive corrections orders relating to trafficking cocaine and methylamphetamine.

He pleaded guilty to the stolen property charges, as well as trafficking in cocaine, heroine, methylamphetamine and ecstasy.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing ammunition and dealing in the proceeds of crime.

Justice John Burns said Davidson had been involved in a significant level of drug dealing for the purpose of financial gain.

He noted Davidson had mental health problems, but if he addressed his mental health and substance abuse, he would have good chances of rehabilitation.

Davidson appeared in the ACT Supreme Court on Friday, where Justice Burns jailed him for six years and nine months, setting a non-parole period of three years and eight months.

Davidson will be eligible for release in August 2021

Alexandra Back is a reporter with The Canberra Times

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