Ex-officer ‘had 23kg of ecstasy’
September 18, 2011
A former police officer has been arrested and charged with supplying 23 kilograms of ecstasy tablets.
Mark Andrew Novotny, 39, was picked up by officers from the Organised Crime (Targeting) Squad on September 1 and appeared in Hornsby Local Court the following day.
A police statement tendered in court said Mr Novotny was now a private investigator living in Queensland. The Sun-Herald has learnt he came to the notice of NSW police some years ago when he was named in an intelligence report as an associate of a notorious Kings Cross identity.
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The statement said he had recently ”been [the] subject of physical surveillance making a number of interstate trips between Queensland and New South Wales”.
It revealed that Mr Novotny was under surveillance when he arrived in Sydney from Coolangatta on the morning of September 1.
It said he had hired a red Holden Commodore and drove straight to the car park of a Parramatta hotel.
”The accused took physical possession of two cardboard boxes from an unidentified person,” the statement said.
He then allegedly put the boxes in the boot and drove to the car park of a liquor store store in Pennant Hills, where he was stopped by police who discovered the boxes.
”Inside each of the two cardboard boxes were five resealable plastic bags containing significant quantities of pink tablets, 10 bags in total.”
After he was taken to Hornsby police station, Mr Novotny declined to be interviewed.
Police said the 10 bags weighed 2.3 kilograms each and that the tablets, believed to be ecstasy, were now being analysed.
Mr Novotny was refused bail.