Markis Scott Turner, of Mackay, will stand trial in the Supreme Court on charges relating to a Mackay cocaine bust.
Markis Scott Turner, of Mackay, will stand trial in the Supreme Court on charges relating to a Mackay cocaine bust. Contributed

Four to face cocaine trafficking charges in Supreme Court

ALL four of the men involved in an international drug bust in Mackay have been committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court following a three-day hand-up process in the Magistrates Court this week.

Markis Scott Turner and Alexis Giovany Gomez Ruiz both have been charged with conspiring to traffic, import or export and manufacture commercial quantities of cocaine.

Juan Pablo Ocampo Alvarez and German Rendon Alvarez were committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court for the same charges earlier this week.

In yesterday's hand-up committal hearing Gomez Ruiz's defence solicitor Nick Dore cross examined two interpreters and an Australian Federal Police agent involved in the case.

The defence's main line of questioning centred on the fact that Spanish interpreters who assisted police with the translation of phone conversations, text messages and email exchanges only translated the sections of each transcript that they felt related to the case.

Mr Dore questioned the credibility of the translations, saying the interpreters lacked police knowledge and, therefore, would not necessarily know what was relevant to the case.

Following the committal hand-up Mr Dore requested bail for his client.

Commonwealth prosecutor Aaron Guilfoyle objected to bail for Gomez Ruiz.

He said given the nature of his involvement, the seriousness of the offences, his lack of ties to the community and the strength of the case against him, there were no bail conditions that could be imposed to make it an "acceptable risk".

Magistrate Ross Risson did not approve bail for Gomez Ruiz.

Turner remains the only one from the group currently on bail.

The four men did not enter pleas in relation to their charges.

A date for the Supreme Court trial is yet to be set.


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