How the Titans Became Embroiled in the Cocaine Sting


Despite the roll call of Titan’s players about to face the Southport courts, police say they are only minor players in a much larger and more elaborate drug distribution syndicate.

Players at the highest echelons of rugby league Karmichael Hunt, Greg Bird, Dave Taylor, Ashley Harrison, Steve Michaels, and Beau Fallon – along with lesser known footballers Jamie Dowling, Kalifa Faifai Loa and Joe Vickery were etted by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission in a sting targeting organised crime.

The police will allege they were caught sourcing ‘columbia’s finest on several occasions between June and December 2014. Sourcing the drug is different from dealing it, but a breach of the law nonetheless.

The sting centred around former first grade rugby league player John ‘Leather’ Touma and his ex-Roosters teammate John Tobin.

Touma moved to the Gold Coast after a drug deal going wrong saw him shot in the stomach.. Once on the glitter strip he allegedly began sourcing suppliers and distributors.

It was Greg Bird’s ill-fated Bucks party, aboard a booze cruise on last year’s Mad Monday, which saw the Titans dragged into this mess.

Police will allege Touma, was contacted by several sports stars looking for cocaine. Touma delivered on their orders. In doing so he left a trail of text messages, video, and photographic evidence capturing the transactions.

Beau Falloon and Jamie Dowling are due to face the Southport Magistrates Court this Thursday. Their appearance will likely set in motion a protracted legal process that could possibly destroy the Gold Coast Titans.

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