Reckless Trotters: The suburban Australian family accused of running a drug ring

July 20, 2016 6:30 am

James
(from left), Sharon, Bill and Trent Trotter were arraigned in the NSW
District Court on Monday on charges of allegedly supplying drugs in
Sydney. Photo / Facebook

Six members of the same family are about to go on trial for allegedly dealing cocaine and heroin in the suburbs.
The
Trotters – mother and father Sharon and William, sons James and Trent,
James’ wife Erin and another relative, David Bowman – packed into the
witness box at Sydney’s Downing Centre on Monday.
William, or
Bill, Trotter, 66, describes himself on Facebook as a bookmaker, James,
28, is a plumber and Trent, 26, a former under-20s rugby league player
with the South Sydney Rabbitohs who has more recently played in Western
Australian.
Trent Trotter also featured in a proposed reality
television program which centred on the lives of young people in inner
city Sydney.
As their lawyers took turns at the bar table and the
Crown prosecutor applied to move to a larger court, there was relaxed
banter between the Trotters and each of their six barristers.

The bigger chamber will be needed for each accused’s counsel
to represent their defendant during a six-week trial in the NSW District
Court.
On Monday, a court officer arraigned each of the family
on charges in clusters according to when the alleged sale of heroin or
cocaine took place.
A total of 23 charges relating to at least 35 alleged occasions of drug supply have been laid against the family.
Erin Trotter was arraigned on just one charge of alleged cocaine supply.

Each defendant entered pleas of not guilty to each charge in the court before Judge Donna Woodburne.

Sharon and William Trotter have appeared in court on drug supply charges. Photo / Facebook
All the alleged cocaine and heroin supply occurred between
November 2013 and February 2014 in Sydney, with some of the charges
arising from alleged offences taking place in the inner city suburbs of
Rosebery and Mascot.
Sharon Rae Trotter and her sons Trent and
James were charged with knowingly taking part in the supply of not less
than an indictable amount of heroin between December 1, 2013 and
February 22, 2014.
Sharon Trotter was also charged with supplying
heroin at Rosebery on three or more separate occasions between December
7, 2013 and January 7, 2014.
Bill Trotter was charged with
supplying cocaine on three or more separate occasions at Rosebery
between January 12 and February 12 in 2014.
Police allege that
Bill, Trent and James Trotter knowingly took part in supplying cocaine
in Sydney between December 1, 2013 and February 22, 2014.

James Trotter (left) and brother Trent
Trotter, a former South Sydney Rabbitohs player, are charged with
alleged cocaine and heroin supply. Photo / Facebook
Bill and Sharon Trotter were also charged with knowingly possessing cash from the proceeds of on February 21, 2014.
Police
also allege Trent Trotter supplied heroin on three or more separate
occasions for financial or material reward between December 15, 2013 and
January 15, 2014.
James Trotter is charged with allegedly
supplying heroin for financial reward in Sydney on three or more
separate occasions between December 7, 2013 and January 7, 2014.
Police
allege that James Trotter also supplied cocaine on three or more
separate occasions between January 12 and February 12, 2014.
Erin
Trotter is facing a single charge of knowingly taking part in the
supply of 1.5 grams of cocaine at Mascot on January 24, 2014.
James Trotter is charged with allegedly supplying 6.23 grams of cocaine at Mascot on February 21, 2014.
David
Leslie Bowman is charged with seven counts of allegedly supplying not
less than an indictable amount of heroin and one count of supplying 13.9
grams of heroin, in periods falling allegedly between November 2013 and
January 2014.

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