Sydney drug dealer allegedly gave gym owner cocaine to use venue during Covid lockdown
Drug dealer ‘traded cocaine for access to a gym during Sydney’s lockdown’ as fitness owner allegedly demanded ‘each guy’s bag’ before letting him and his friends in
- Steve Ayad pleaded guilty to supplying and possessing prohibited drugs
- Police caught him making 21 cocaine deals to customers in Sydney last year
- Police allege he gave the gym owner cocaine to use the venue during the Covid lockdown
A drug dealer allegedly traded cocaine to gain access to a Sydney gym during the city’s Covid lockdown.
Steve Ayad, 33, has been charged with supplying and possessing prohibited drugs after being arrested by police in July last year.
Officers intercepted thousands of text messages and calls from Ayad and captured him making 21 cocaine deals that netted him $10,650, Sutherland Local Court heard.
Police obtained video surveillance of customers arriving at Ayad’s home in Sydney’s south in Peakhurst while listening to his phone calls – many of the deals done under Covid stay-at-home orders, the The telegraph of the day reported.
A drug dealer allegedly gave cocaine to the owner of a Sydney gym in return for secret access to the facility during the city’s Covid lockdown (stock image)
A total of 45.69g of cocaine with an estimated street value of $23,000 was found in the 33-year-old man’s home.
Other drugs such as diazepam and testosterone have also been found at home.
Police alleged Ayad handed bags of cocaine to a gym owner so he could use their facilities during Sydney’s four-month lockdown when all fitness venues were closed.
It is believed that Ayad messaged a friend for access to the gym.
“The male associate said ‘is he going to let the boys in or not’ and the defendant said ‘yeah, but he wants a bag of each type,'” the police facts said.
“Police allege the accused arranged for people to supply cocaine (to the gym owner) in exchange for access to his gym during the Covid lockdown.”
Ayad pleaded guilty to supplying prohibited drugs, possessing prescribed restricted substances, and possessing prohibited drugs. He was not charged with violating public health orders.
Ayad was handed a 21-month intensive correctional order on Tuesday as well as an order to perform 150 hours of community service and pay a $3,300 fine.
He must also undergo psychological treatment and detoxification.
Ayad had previously been convicted of supplying prohibited drugs in 2009. He was later given an eight-month suspended prison sentence.
Police also alleged that convicted drug dealer Steve Ayad handed bags of cocaine to a gym owner so he could use their facilities during Sydney’s four-month lockdown when all fitness venues were closed (stock image)