Two Sydney men have faced Central Local Court after allegedly importing $1.25 million worth of cocaine in two air freight parcels.
A 39-year-old Green Valley man and a 66-year-old Bonnyrigg man were arrested, after Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigators executed a search warrant at the 39-year-old’s home.
The investigation into the importations began in April after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers noticed anomalies within a parcel labeled as an electric food warmer. An examination of the consignment revealed three kilograms of cocaine.
AFP investigators seized the parcel and the drugs.
In May, a further consignment declared as a diamond microdermabrasion machine arrived in Sydney. ABF officers noticed anomalies within the parcel and uncovered a further two kilograms of cocaine.
The drugs were removed before the parcel was delivered to an address in Smithfield, where AFP investigators observed two men in the vicinity.
The pair later travelled to Green Valley. AFP investigators executed search warrant at a Green Valley home and a Bonnyrigg residence, where they seized $125,400 in cash.
The two men were arrested in Green Valley and charged with;
- Importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth), and
- Attempting to possess a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border controlled drugs, contrary to section 307.5 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).
The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment.
The 39-year-old man was also charged with seven counts of dealing with identification information under section 192J of the Crimes Act 1900, and the 66 year-old man was also charged with three counts of the same offence after investigators found several different driver’s licences all allegedly using the pair’s image.
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