‘Don’t miss tickets to Front Row Rock Show’: Mysterious text messages that led to the downfall of meth kingpin who called himself ‘The Big Fella’ and blew $6,000 a day on cocaine
- William ‘The Big Fella’ Siryani was jailed for at least three and a half years
- The court heard his gang sold cheap methamphetamine instead of cocaine
- Police intercepted 11,500 voice calls and 48,500 text messages
- According to the court, he started dealing drugs as a way to pay off his debts
The frontman of a sophisticated Sydney drug syndicate dubbed The Rock Act has been jailed for at least three-and-a-half years.
William Siryani, who called himself “The Big Fella”, pleaded guilty in the NSW District Court in 2016 to continuously supplying the banned drug and knowingly directing the activities of a criminal group.
Acting Magistrate Paul Conlon jailed the 34-year-old on Monday, saying the gang duped its many customers into thinking they were buying cocaine but were getting cheaper methamphetamine.
William ‘The Big Fella’ Siryani (pictured) was jailed for at least three-and-a-half years for continuously supplying a prohibited drug and knowingly directing the activities of a criminal group in 2016
An undercover police operation that tracked Siryani and about 17 co-accused intercepted 11,500 voice calls and 48,500 text messages during the three-month sting.
Investigators found that Siryani and other managers ordered more than 10 drivers or “runners” seven days a week to deliver 0.5 gram bags of methamphetamine, sold for $200 bags of cocaine, to unsuspecting customers.
Siryani previously told the judge that all the profits he made were spent on his $6,000-a-day 24 gram cocaine habit, a claim the prosecutor submitted was an exaggeration.
In addition to sales and deliveries, Rock Club also sent out promotional text messages.
A judge found the 34-year-old’s (pictured) gang conned its many customers who thought they were buying cocaine but got cheaper methamphetamine.
“Hey guys, we’re out tonight. Don’t miss out on Front Row Rock Show tickets for $200 each. PS Have a nice day, read one.
Judge Conlon noted that Siryani was suffering from substance use disorder and depression at the time.
The judge sent him to prison for six years with a non-parole period of three years and six months.
“This court sees daily the extent of devastation caused to individuals and families by the proliferation of drugs in the community,” he said.
In addition to sales and deliveries, Rock Club also sent out promotional text messages (one pictured)
In 2016, police seized millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine in raids on homes involved in the sophisticated Siryani ice distribution ring (pictured with some of the seized drugs)
“If you want to send me to jail, send me to jail. Go for it,” replied Siryani.
Siryani broke down during a NSW District Court hearing last month when he admitted his addiction had destroyed his family and caused him to miss the first six months of his son’s life.
He initially used stolen money from his family’s gas station to fund his expensive cocaine addiction, which left the business $150,000 in debt.
The court heard he began dealing drugs to pay off debts and continue to fund his addiction.
Siryani (pictured) earlier told the judge that he spent all the profits he made on his $6,000-a-day 24 gram cocaine habit, a claim the prosecutor submitted was an exaggeration.