No bail for suspected Qld drug trafficker

Aaron Bunch

A Brisbane man who disappeared for five years before allegedly being "caught off guard" by police with millions of dollars worth of illegal drugs has been denied bail.

Paul Luu, 29, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday where he faces seven drug trafficking and weapons offences.

Police charged Luu on Christmas Eve after he was found the day before in a city hotel room, allegedly with 60 kilograms of cannabis, methylamphetamine, cocaine, cash and jewellery.

The drug haul, jewellery and cash are worth $2.33 million, police prosecutor Merishia Wheatley told AAP.

She opposed Luu's bail application saying the $100,000 surety offered was not enough to mitigate the risk he may fail to reappear.

"The risk is further exacerbated by the fact police have actively tried to locate Mr Luu since 2015," she said.

"He's left no footprint since 2015, which suggests he's clearly well versed and has the ability to again leave no trace."

Defence lawyer Nick Dore laughed off the assertion saying his client was simply a "man found in a hotel room with drugs and a fake ID".

"To try and suggest he's been actively avoiding police because he hasn't got speeding tickets, it's usually something people are rewarded for," he said.

In denying bail to Luu on Tuesday, Magistrate Michael Burns said there was an unacceptable risk he would attempt to interfere with witnesses or endanger an associate.

Luu was arrested as part of a sting that also netted legal secretary Emily Louise Ross, 24, and Brendan Wayne Kanofski, 30.

Ross allegedly brought 60kg of cannabis - worth about $1.5 million - through Brisbane Airport on December 23.

She and a co-accused later also collected more drugs from a locker.

A police spokesperson said the trio appeared to be "caught off guard" when they were busted later that day at a storage facility and hotel, where more drugs and guns were allegedly found.

Kanofski was initially also refused bail after police claimed the trio were connected to Asian organised crime gangs, but will make a fresh application on January 20.

Ross has been granted bail and will also reappear in court later this month.

Luu's matter will be mentioned again on February 24.