Drugs Baron, 76, & # 39; dies from ice overdose & # 39; in hotel room with young woman after sale of $ 5 million mansion
Drug lord Victor Thomas Spink died after a long addiction to heroin and ice
An elderly drug lord who was imprisoned for importing cannabis worth $ 225 million has been found dead in a hotel room with a young woman after a suspected ice overdose.
Victor Thomas Spink, 76, who had been known for decades as a major drug dealer and heavy bet on Australian numbers, was found dead in a hotel near Sydney Central Station on Monday morning.
Friends believe he died of an ice overdose.
Victor had his foot to the pedal, & # 39; said an employee. & # 39; He has not left anything in the tank. & # 39;
Another said that Spink, who had previously been addicted to heroin and praised the work of Narcotics Anonymous on his Facebook page, made heavy use of ice.
& # 39; At Victor & # 39; s age you can not beat ice, & # 39; he said.
A spokesman for the New South Wales Police Force said that officers were investigating the death of a 76-year-old man after his body was found at 12:30 on Monday at the Great Southern Hotel in George Street.
Spink sold his harborside mansion in Vaucluse in the eastern suburbs of the city for $ 4.9 million 10 months ago. Rooms in the Great Southern can be purchased for $ 79 a night.
Victor Spink had a record that began in 1960. He started his criminal career as a shoplifter and was imprisoned in 1996 for importing cannabis resin worth $ 225 million. Despite his mugshot stating that he was born in 1944, it is assumed that his correct date of birth is June 1, 1942
Victor had his foot to the pedal, & # 39; said an employee. & # 39; He has not left anything in the tank. & # 39; Another said that Spink, who had previously been addicted to heroin, was known to use heavy ice cream
The body of Victor Spink was found at 12:30 in a room in the Great Southern Hotel near Sydney Central Station on Monday. He had been in the company of a younger woman
There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Spink and a young woman who was in the room remained with the police to answer their questions.
Spink was the "controlling spirit". when importing 15 tons of cannabis resin from Pakistan, resulting in the arrests of more than 20 people in 1994.
Five tons of the drug was seized from a boat in Hervey Bay, nearly 300 km north of Brisbane, and another 10 tons were found dumped in deep water about 600 km west of New Caledonia.
Spink gained more prominence in 1995 when he was unveiled as "Mr. C & # 39; in the so-called jockey bands, recordings made by the police showing that there are links between racing giants and organized crime.
As a result, champion jockey Jim Cassidy was disqualified for three years, later reduced to 21 months, for tipping to Spink. Cassidy has always denied that he was ever involved in race fixation.
Spink told the Bode a decade ago that he had spent more than $ 12 million in the 10 years before his arrest on drugs import.
They said I was trying to fix races, but the only thing I ever did was ring-jockeys and get their tips, & # 39; he said. & # 39; There was no race fixation, I was always joking, gambling was part of my business back then. & # 39;
The criminal career of Spink started in 1960. He was imprisoned and deported to shoplifting in the United Kingdom. He was imprisoned in the late 1970s during a $ 54,000 robbery in Port Macquarie on the NSW North Coast.
Champion jockey Jim & # 39; Pumper & # 39; Cassidy was disqualified for three years, later reduced to 21 months, for tipping to Spink. Cassidy has always denied that he was ever involved in race fixation
Spink was described in court as the "controlling spirit". when importing 15 tons of cannabis resin from Pakistan, resulting in the arrests of more than 20 people in 1994
Then he was closely involved in drug trafficking and punting.
Spink was sentenced to a surprisingly light penalty for his role in the $ 225 million cannabis import.
The maximum penalty for the offense was life in prison, but Spink served only six years.
When he held Spink for nine years in March 1996 for a maximum of nine years, Judge New District Wales, Judge Blanch, took into account his guilty plea and favorable evidence.
A subsequent ruling by the Court of Criminal Appeal revealed that Spink's sentence had also been reduced because he had suffered a significant financial loss in terms of wasted expenses related to the criminal enterprise.
Authorities had seized $ 1 million from a Spink bank account and 10 of the 11 properties he owned in Byron Bay, on the NSW north coast, St Ives on the north coast of Sydney and Woollahra, Darling Point and Potts Point in the eastern suburbs.
In 2008, Spink told the Herald that the failed drug import had cost him a fortune.
& # 39; I lost everything when they arrested me, & # 39; said Spink. & # 39; Three of the properties in Byron and two in Potts Point were worth $ 16.5 million.
After his release from prison in 2002, Victor Spink lived in a two-storey house with a swimming pool in the exclusive Olola Avenue, Vaucluse, which he sold for $ 4.9 million in March last year.
& # 39; No money was made with that crime. Nobody earned money with it, but they came and took almost everything I had. & # 39;
The Court of Criminal Appeal explained that Spink's sentence was further reduced because of the other material related to aid to the authorities & # 39 ;.
The nature of that help has never been revealed, but Spink's name was suppressed in a series of high-quality murder charges against a great Sydney criminal around the same time he was convicted.
Spink was reportedly a model prisoner, who served most of his time in Long Bay jail, and before his release the divorced grandfather had permission to spend weekends with his partner and child.
Lawyer Chris Murphy took action against his former client to recover more than $ 500,000 in unpaid legal fees, but that action was rejected in 2002.
After his release, Spink lived in a two-storey house with a swimming pool in exclusive Olola Avenue, Vaucluse, which he sold for $ 4.9 million in March last year.
Victor Spink had confiscated property worth millions of dollars when he was arrested for cannabis resin imports in 1994. He hung to this Vaucluse mansion until March last year.
He said he was planning to go to the north coast after the death of his brother and sister.
In 2008 Spink won the right to claim $ US500,000 that he had deposited in a Swiss bank account in 1987 under a false name.
He claimed that money was rather gambling than drug trafficking.
The Swiss Federal Tribunal described Spink in his statement as & # 39; one of the foremost drug dealers in Australia & # 39; that had been linked to organized crime since the 1970s.
The tribunal found that Spink was entitled to the money because his deposit predated his arrest for drug offenses. He had not committed crimes in Switzerland.
Spink had already given up alcohol and other drugs for a while, but was in use again when he died.
Friends said that the grandfather had been a charismatic man who enjoyed all the attributes of his drug day, but that he had become erratic at the end of his life.
A post-mortem survey will be carried out this week to confirm the identity of Spink and the cause of his death.
Crime pays off: Victor Spink lived up to a year before his death in this mansion in Vaucluse