Brent Simpson, former Gold Coast Bandidos biker, was bailed for human trafficking

A Gold Coast ex-biker charged with illicit cannabis oil trafficking was released on bail after his attorney told a court that his client was unaware that the product he was “face” of allegedly contained a dangerous drug.

Important points:

  • Brent Simpson and Eden Gall were charged with trafficking an allegedly illegal cannabis oil syndicate
  • The couple who run Releaf Therapies have been released on bail but are unable to contact each other
  • Police found $ 373,000 in cash, cocaine, a drug press, 60 vials of cannabis oil, an air rifle and an encrypted cell phone during raids prior to arrest

The Clink podcast creator Brent Simpson, 45, was arrested last Thursday after police carried out a series of raids across town targeting an organized crime syndicate with outlawed motorcycle gang links.

Deposit with conditions

Mr. Simpson of Palm Beach has been charged in one case of trafficking in dangerous drugs, two cases of supplying dangerous drugs, and three cases of possession of dangerous drugs.

He was released on bail Monday on condition that he report to the police and be within 3 miles of his Gold Coast home.

The 3 mile condition has been described as a “home prison” outside of court by Mr. Simpson’s defense attorney Michael McMillan.

A screenshot of The Clink podcast’s Instagram page promoting Releaf Therapies.

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Police claim that the drug trade is related to an allegedly illegal cannabidiol (CBD) oil product sold through the Releaf Therapies company.

But Mr McMillan told the court there was no evidence that his client knew that the product that was imported from the US contained an illegal substance.

He told Magistrate Ron Kilner that Mr. Simpson had “no money” and was simply the “face of” Releaf Therapies because of his podcasting profile.

Mr McMillan said Mr Simpson’s business partner, Eden Gall, 45, who was also charged with trafficking in human beings and released on bail Friday, was the “money man.”

CBD oil bottle Releaf Therapies products were reportedly traded by Eden Gall and Brent Simpson.

The court heard Mr Simpson received a suspended sentence after being sentenced to prison for drug deliveries in 2019.

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‘No knowledge of illegal content’

Mr McMillan said social media profiles showing that his customer was openly selling the product indicated that Mr Simpson had not tried to do anything illegal.

“Really, this is a man who is not unfamiliar to the criminal justice system. It is almost unbelievable that he would openly promote something that could be considered a dangerous drug,” he said.

The court heard that Releaf Therapies had also posted a video on their social media page in which Mr. Simpson admitted that CBD products were “illegal”.

A man in a suit poses for a picture Alleged cannabis oil dealer Eden Gall. (

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Mr McMillan said it was not clear when the video was taken.

Detectives found around $ 373,000 in cash, loads of cocaine, a drug press, 60 vials of cannabis oil, an air rifle and an encrypted cell phone after executing seven search warrants prior to the arrest of Mr Simpson and Mr Gall last week.

While police objected to bail because Mr. Simpson might be re-offending or fleeing his job as a truck driver in Queensland, the 45-year-old was released on bail on August 24 to return to court.