Sydney Man Charged with Attempting to Import a Large Amount of Cocaine into Australia
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (News4us.com) February 10, 2011
A 28-year-old Parramatta man is scheduled to appear in Sydney Central Local Court today after being charged in relation to an attempt to import approximately 1.5 kilograms of cocaine concealed in cardboard rolls covered in fabric.
A 33-year-old Homebush Bay man has also been charged in relation to this matter and will appear in court at a later date.
Customs and Border Protection officers identified a substance believed to be cocaine in an air consignment from Thailand on 2 February 2011 and referred the matter to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
The cocaine was substituted with an inert substance and the AFP began a controlled delivery.
On 8 February 2011, the AFP executed a search warrant at a unit in Homebush Bay and arrested both men. An additional $44,500 and approximately 20 grams of cocaine were seized during this warrant.
The two men have been charged with the attempt to possess a marketable quantity of an unlawfully imported border controlled drug, namely cocaine, pursuant to Section 307.6 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years imprisonment and/or a $550,000 fine.
Also in relation to this investigation, the 33-year-old man has been charged with possessing suspected proceeds of crime pursuant to Section 400.9 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
The maximum penalty for this offence is 2 years imprisonment and/or a $13,200 fine.
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