Joint Customs – Police Operation Leads to 3 Men Arrested For Importing Cocaine From Fiji
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (News4us.com) March 24, 2011
The Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) and Fiji Police have been working closely on a joint operation into an Australian-based syndicate suspected of conducting importations of cocaine into Australia from Fiji.
Three men, a 39-year-old man, 38-year-old man and a 55-year-old man, are scheduled to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates court today.
AFP Federal Agents, with the assistance of officers from Victoria Police, executed five search warrants on residential and commercial premises yesterday in Truganina, Lower Templestowe, Brunswick and Dandenong, Victoria.
The men were arrested in Truganina yesterday.
During the search of the Truganina property approximately 50 litres of liquid allegedly containing cocaine was seized. Additionally, receipts, mobile phones, a small amount of foreign currency and computers were seized at various locations.
The liquid will be sent for forensic testing to determine the quantity and purity of drugs seized.
The AFP charged the men with manufacturing, trafficking and possession of a commercial quantity of cocaine. It will be alleged the cocaine was sophisticatedly concealed within clothing and towels when imported into Australia.
The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment and/or a $825,000 fine.
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