Bail for restaurant pair on drugs charges

Evan Schwarten

A Brisbane restaurant owner and his head chef will be allowed to continue working together despite both being charged over an alleged cocaine trafficking ring.

Daniel Bernard Milos, 40, and Ryan David McIver, 29, were granted bail in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday, a day after police raids netted up to $1 million worth of drugs and expensive cars.

Milos is the owner of award-wining Italian eatery Mariosarti in Toowong, where McIver is the head chef.

Magistrate Judith Daley opted not to impose a standard bail condition preventing co-accused from contacting each other after being told such a requirement would result in McIver losing his job.

But she ordered the pair only be able to communicate for work purposes and warned them not to socialise outside business hours.

Milos vowed to continue to operate the business as usual and said he would fight the charges.

"I will be contesting these charges vigorously," he told reporters.

He is facing 10 counts of supplying drugs, one count of trafficking, one count each of of money laundering and permitting use of place, and one count of drug possession.

McIver is facing one charge of trafficking and three counts of supplying drugs.

The pair are due to reappear on May 8.