Bid to freeze assets of alleged drug trafficker
AN APPLICATION has been made to the Supreme Court to freeze the assets of alleged drug trafficker Thomas Edward Martin who was arrested last month when police raided properties on the Southern Downs as part of an investigation into the 1974 murders of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters.
Martin's assets that the state will attempt to freeze under proceeds of crime laws include three properties, cash seized during the raids, his bank accounts and a Holden ute.
The state alleges Martin has "engaged in serious crime-related activities".
Martin has been identified by police as an associate of Warwick man Vincent O'Dempsey, a person of interest in the murders of the McCulkins.
Detectives say they found 46kg of marijuana in a buried shipping container on the Southern Downs.
The cryovac-sealed drugs hauled from the Massie property north of Warwick, ranged in quality from being in good condition to badly decomposed.
Based on conservative estimates the haul could have had a street value of up to half a million dollars.
Officers from the Brisbane-based Homicide Cold Case Unit are in Warwick this week taking stock of the evidence they have gained as part of their investigation into the 1974 disappearance and suspected murder of McCulkin and her daughters Vicki and Leanne.
Detective Inspector Mick Dowie said officers were "chipping away" with inquiries into the cold case.
Officers had allegedly already uncovered $300,000 in cash, 30kg of marijuana and at the same property.
Martin, 66, was charged over the initial haul but police are yet to lay any further charges over the buried stash.