Three men were arrested last week as part of a Joint Organised Crime Taskforce (JOCTF) investigation into the importation of cocaine into Melbourne. The arrests followed the importation of approximately 45kg of cocaine hidden in a jukebox from Greece, which was detected by Australian Border Force officers.
A 39-year-old Spotswood man, 26-year-old Reservoir man and a 66-year-old Greek foreign national were all arrested by police on Tuesday.
The consignment was collected and transported to a residential property in Sunshine North, when Victoria Police and Australian Federal Police members later made the arrests.
Police searched two additional residential properties in Spotswood and Reservoir, and two commercial premises in Toorak and Kingsville.
They subsequently seized a number of items including two Mercedes-Benz vehicles, a Harley Davidson motorbike, luxury watches, jewellery and items of clothing, as well as various drugs and a significant quantity of cash.
The trio were interviewed by police and the 39-year-old Spotswood man and 26-year-old Reservoir man were subsequently charged with importation of a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs and attempted possession of a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs.
They faced Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 22 June and were remanded in custody.
The 66-year-old Greek national was released pending further enquiries.
The arrests formed part of a four-month JOCTF investigation into the alleged importation of drugs by a Melbourne based organised crime syndicate.
Police believe the syndicate has been involved in previous border-controlled drug importations.
In total, about 45kg of cocaine has been seized as part of this investigation, which has a street value of approximately $20M.
The investigation remains ongoing.
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