Holding up a small child for the camera, Jonathon Towers grins.
The toddler in question is wearing an intrigued expression and earmuffs. He’s also holding a pistol.
Jonathon Towers in Thailand earlier this year.Credit:Instagram
“There’s thug in my veins I’m loyal to the game,” Towers captioned the image of the boy, taken at a shooting range on the Thai island of Koh Samui.
From his social media account, Towers appeared to be living the dream. Newly engaged and running an online supplement business, he had lost 35 kilograms after a catastrophic motorbike accident two years before left him hospitalised, severely unwell and overweight.
Jonathon Towers and Jemma Dann.Credit:Instagram
“Strong minds build strong people,” he wrote in an Instagram post about his ordeal.
“The road back wouldn’t be so good without the people I have around me.”
On Thursday, Towers’ world came crashing down again when he was picked up by detectives investigating an alleged drug run operating between the Sutherland Shire and the NSW Monaro region.
Towers, a heavily tattooed 32-year-old running an online supplement shop from the Sydney suburb of Ramsgate, was charged by Strike Force Watson investigators on Thursday with 10 counts of supplying a prohibited drug, three counts of taking part in supplying a prohibited drug, directing the activities of criminal group and dealing with the proceeds of crime.
His fiancee, 26-year-old Jemma Dann, was also arrested on Thursday and charged with six counts of supplying a prohibited drug, six counts of taking part in the supply of a prohibited drug, participating in a criminal group and dealing with proceeds of crime.
The Caringbah South couple were both refused bail and were due to appear in Sutherland Local Court on Friday.
Jonathon Towers and Jemma Dann were arrested at their Caringbah South home on ThursdayCredit:Instagram
Four men – aged 23, 26, 27 and 29 – were arrested in a raid on a property on Castenau Street, in Caringbah South, on Thursday. All four were charged with drug supply offences and refused bail. They were due to appear in the same court on Friday.
“Investigators [allegedly] seized 5000 MDMA pills and about 280 grams of cocaine, along with $185,000 cash,” police said of the Castenau Street address.
Strike Force officers had previously allegedly seized 4000 MDMA pills and 1.1 kilograms of cocaine.
“The total estimated potential street value of the MDMA and cocaine seized throughout the investigation is more than $750,000,” police said in a statement on Friday.
“Police will allege in court that the group were involved in large commercial-scale supply of prohibited drugs.”
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