World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


QLD Men Charged Over Intl Drug Smuggling Operation

Queensland men charged over transnational drug smuggling operation

Four Queensland men are expected to face court today over their alleged involvement in a transnational drug smuggling operation that used international mail services.

The arrests follow a joint agency operation involving the Australian Federal Police, Royal Thai Police, Australian Customs Service and Queensland Police.

The AFP will allege in Maroochydore Magistrates Court that a 36-year-old Sunshine Coast man arranged the importation of approximately a kilogram of cocaine from Thailand.

Royal Thai Police arrested a 39-year-old American man, allegedly involved in the smuggling operation, in Bangkok yesterday.

Over the past 10 months, Customs officers in Sydney seized a number of mail items destined for Queensland that were found to contain cocaine.

Members of the joint investigation team executed a series of search warrants at Maroochydore, Gympie and Bli Bli yesterday. Police seized a laptop computer, mailbox keys, cash, a Subaru Liberty sedan and documents pertaining to the investigation.

Further search warrants were executed today at premises in Paddington, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore.

The 36-year-old Sunshine Coast man will face 14 federal charges of importing a marketable quantity of cocaine and one charge of dealing with the proceeds of crime under the Criminal Code Act 1995. He also faces Queensland charges of trafficking a dangerous drug possessing property obtained from trafficking a dangerous drug under the Drugs Misuse Act QLD 1986.

A 38-year-old Sunshine Coast man will also face Maroochydore Magistrates Court charged with aiding and abetting the importation of a marketable quantity of cocaine.

A 37-year-old Brisbane man is expected to face Brisbane Magistrates Court today charged with conspiracy to import a marketable quantity of cocaine under the Criminal Code Act 1995 and supplying cocaine under the Drugs Misuse Act QLD 1986.

A 31-year-old Sunshine Coast man is also expected to face Maroochydore Magistrates Court today charged with conspiracy to import a marketable quantity of cocaine.

The maximum penalty for importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug is 25 years imprisonment and/or a $550,000 fine.


Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives | RSS

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC