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Motormouth
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Posted - 02 Mar 2009 :  13:00:11  Show Profile  Visit Motormouth's Homepage Send Motormouth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
http://www.smh.com.au/national/buttrose-behind-bars-after-raid-20090228-8kzz.html

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THE nephew of media personality Ita Buttrose may miss the birth of his second child as he remains behind bars on drugs charges.

Richard Buttrose, 36, did not apply for bail when he appeared briefly before Parramatta Magistrates Court yesterday after police seized 7.7 kilograms of cocaine and $1.3 million in cash from an apartment he owns in Darling Point.

He will remain in jail until tomorrow, when he is due to face Central Local Court. His British-born wife Pollyanna, mother of his 21-month-old son, is due to give birth to their second child tomorrow.

Buttrose was released on bail on Thursday after police allegedly caught him selling $2500 of cocaine in an undercover operation.

He was charged with five counts of supplying a prohibited drug but released on bail after his mother Elizabeth put up a $300,000 bond. He undertook to live with her in Vaucluse and report to Rose Bay police station.

But when he arrived at the station on Friday he was arrested and charged with supplying commercial quantities of drugs and dealing with property suspected of being the proceeds of crime. Police had allegedly received a tip-off the day before that Buttrose owned a property in Darling Point.

In facts tendered to the court yesterday, police officers alleged they found 7.7 kilograms of cocaine and almost $1.3 million in cash at the property.

The money was bundled into boxes in $5000 stacks of $50 notes in the bottom of two wardrobes. More cash was stashed in the drawers of the kitchen table, police allege.

Buttrose, who lists his occupation as investigator, is the son of media scion Ita's late brother Will. Family friend and lawyer Brett Galloway said Buttrose was "now between a rock and a hard place".


For those who aren't aware, Richard Buttrose raced in the Daewoo Series in 2001, the MGF Trophy Series in 2002-03, the Lotus Trophy Series in 2004-06, the Australian Performance Car Championship in 2007 and the Bathurst 12 Hour in 2008 and 2009.

I knew Richard very well through my involvement with Ian Kegg, who Richard raced against in the Daewoo, MG and Lotus Series. In fact, I had a good chat to Richard at the 12 Hour just a week before he got arrested. He never seemed like the kind of guy that would be involved in drugs.

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Posted - 02 Mar 2009 :  16:00:19  Show Profile Send Madaz a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply

7.7 kg of cocaine!

That's certainly not a small quantity for personal use.

It sounds like he could be in a lot of trouble.




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xtreme
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Posted - 02 Mar 2009 :  18:16:34  Show Profile  Visit xtreme's Homepage  Click to see xtreme's MSN Messenger address Send xtreme a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
That's how you afford to race a Lotus!
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Richard was always a bit of a party guy after the races in the Lotus series, but never suspectted he would be silly enough to be a dealer.

But was it cocaine, or balast for his race car???

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Randy Lanier wannabe. Ah well. Good that they got him.
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Posted - 14 Apr 2009 :  12:40:21  Show Profile Send PVDA a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
quote:
Originally posted by Motormouth

He never seemed like the kind of guy that would be involved in drugs.


They never are at the pointy end are they.........
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Motormouth
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Posted - 19 Mar 2010 :  11:08:20  Show Profile  Visit Motormouth's Homepage Send Motormouth a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Well, he won't be racing cars again for a long time...

http://www.speedcafe.com.au/2010/03/18/former-racer-sentenced-to-long-jail-term/
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Posted - 19 Mar 2010 :  13:21:40  Show Profile Send supercar_freek a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Wow 12 and a half years is a long time. His child will almost be a teenager before he gets out! Poor kid.
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