A HIGH profile Brisbane restaurateur has been charged with cocaine trafficking, following raids on his home and restaurant on Friday.
Daniel Milos, 40, was arrested little more than two months after a man was acquitted of the violent murder of his brother Peter Milos, also a chef, at a home in the affluent suburb of Morningside, in May 2014.
Daniel Milos was one of several people arrested in 11 simultaneous raids in Brisbane on Friday morning that allegedly netted $750,000 worth of drugs, including cocaine and ice.
Police have described it as one of the largest cocaine busts in Queensland history.
Milos owns the up-market Italian restaurant Mariosarti in the riverside suburb of Toowong and has been a frequent donor to Queensland’s Liberal National Party.
He counts former premier Campbell Newman and former prime minister John Howard among those he has rubbed shoulders with, while, in 2016, a $300 per head LNP fundraiser with Julie Bishop as keynote speaker was abruptly moved, when party supporters raised concerns with the foreign minister’s office over Milos’ alleged drugs links.
He was sentenced to nine years for selling heroin but paroled after just 12 months.
James Thomas Howell was acquitted of the murder of the younger Milos, Peter, on February 16.
The court heard the victim had a cocktail of drugs in his system when he died.
The acquittal was the result of a second trial, with the first resulting in a hung jury.