Party boys’ Airbnb drug empire unravels
Two Melbourne party boys’ Airbnb drug-dealing empire unravelled after police located ledgers detailing strict “rules” for customers and every transaction made.
The criminal operation of Yohann Moreau, 28, and Jacob Goldsmid, 24, fell apart after Goldsmid was found shirtless and incomprehensible in December 2019.
He was rushed to hospital but police found three backpacks nearby containing large quantities of cocaine, ketamine, MDMA, amphetamine and LSD.
Alongside the drugs, diary entries detailing the operation and location of the two men’s “shops” were found, prompting police to launch a covert operation.
The St Kilda-based duo were arrested seven months later, spilling the beans on their 12-month operation and telling police where they could find their buried cash.
Ledgers revealed the pair had handled more than 6kg of various drugs, making about $164,610 in profit and using the drugs themselves.
Lawyers representing the two men appeared before Victoria’s Court of Appeal on Wednesday after an appeal was launched by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Moreau and Goldsmid had each been jailed in the County Court in August 2022, but the DPP argued that their sentences, of eight and nine years respectively, were “manifestly inadequate”.
Senior Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Ruddle KC argued that the offending was wrongly characterised as “unsophisticated”, pointing to their use of Airbnb, drug ledgers and plans to launder profits.
The application was rejected by justices David Beach, Emilios Kyrou and Terence Forrest, who found that while the sentences were inadequate, they should not interfere with the County Court judge’s decision.
“Both respondents were still relatively young, with no prior criminal histories,” they said.
“The sentences imposed were of a type designed to enhance the prospects of their respective rehabilitation.”