Leaving the DPP

I believed I would spend my entire working career in the DPP. This was not to be and in 1985 things changed. My successful role with the JDTF (Joint Commonwealth/State Drug Task Force)  and in particular the JPT (Joint Prosecution Team), caught the attention of Justice Don Stewart the first Chairman of the newly formed National Crime Authority (NCA). I was made an offer too good to refuse and I joined the NCA in Sydney. Initially I was appointed a Team Leader in one of the NCA’s secret investigations or “references”. In this role I travelled to England, Austria and Switzerland in connection with the extradition of the two major drug traffickers and the freezing and confiscation of millions of dollars of their drug proceeds held in Swiss bank accounts. These achievements led to my appointment as the NCA’s Senior Legal Adviser in Sydney in 1987.