Ice Syndicate Frontman William Siryani’s Words come back to Haunt him

THE high life lived by the front man of an elaborate ice syndicate known as “The Rock Show” has officially come crumbling down.

William Siryani, 34, who called himself “The Big Fella”, pleaded guilty in the NSW District Court to supplying a prohibited drug on an ongoing basis and knowingly directing the activities of a criminal group in 2016.

The kingpin was one of 18 people charged over the elaborate methamphetamine distribution syndicate, which — according to court documents — was branded the “The Rock Show”.

The court previously heard the syndicate earned up to $72,000 every Friday and Saturday night, which police said amounted to proceeds of about $3.7 million over a year.

But Siryani’s lavish lifestyle is no more after he was today sentenced to three-and-a-half years behind bars by Acting Judge Paul Conlon, who noted that the gang duped its many customers who thought they were buying cocaine but who were supplied with cheaper methamphetamine.

The judge jailed him for six years with a non-parole period of three years six months.

Siryani told the court he spent all the profit from his multimillion-dollar business on his own 24-gram, $6000-a-day cocaine habit.

He said he initially used money stolen from the cash register at his family’s service station to buy cocaine, leaving the business $150,000 in debt.

The court heard Siryani felt forced to go into business as a dealer to repay debts and maintain his addiction.

William Siryani arriving at court in Sydney. Picture: AAP/Daniel Munoz

William Siryani (right) pleaded guilty to supplying prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis and knowingly directing activities of a criminal group. Picture: AAP /Daniel Munoz

Judge Conlon noted Siryani was suffering from substance-abuse disorder and depression at the time.

“This court sees on a daily basis the extent of the devastation caused to individuals and families by the dissemination of drugs in the community,” he said.

Crown prosecutor Greg Smith SC scoffed at Siryani’s “exaggerated” claims he was a victim of drug addiction and labelled it an excuse to avoid jail.

“If you want to send me to jail, send me to jail. Go ahead,” responded Siryani.

They were words that today came back to haunt him.

Siryani’s defence barrister Bret Walker SC previously told the court his client’s sexual abuse as a child and his father’s history of incarceration made him susceptible to addiction.

He said Siryani was sorry for his crimes and had a good chance of rehabilitation.

Addiction was not an offence and not an excuse, but provided an understanding of his motivation, he said.

Siryani broke down as he told his sentence hearing at NSW District Court last month his decade of addiction had ruined his family and caused him to miss the first six months of his son’s life.

William Siryani (right) has been jailed. Picture: AAP /Daniel Munoz

The undercover police operation that monitored Siryani and his staff intercepted 11,500 voice calls and 48,500 text messages during a three-month sting.

Investigators found Siryani and four managers directed more than 10 drivers or “runners” seven days a week to deliver 0.5 gram bags of methamphetamine, sold as $200 bags of cocaine to unsuspecting customers.

Siryani told the court the syndicate sold methamphetamine because it was “cheaper” than cocaine.

The syndicate made sales and deliveries to about 1500 customers, court documents show, and also sent out promotional text messages.

“Hey guys, we’re out and about tonight. Don’t miss out on your Front Row Rock Show tickets @$200 each ticket. P.S. Have a great day,” one read.