75-year-old Saffa busted for drug trafficking in Australia
Drug bust? Holy Sheila!
The Australian Border Force (ABF) found 254 kg’s of cocaine as well as 104 kg’s of methamphetamine buried in charcoal inside of iron ore extraction machinery. (Mining machinery.)
This narco cargo voyaged from South Africa and arrived in Melbourne via the sea on December 5.
The ABF recently jacked-up their equipment to detect drugs in cargo containers more efficiently. They used a powerful X-ray machine capable of seeing through multiple layers of steel to spot the drugs that were in a seven-inch thick crate.
The contraband was sent to a storage centre in Oakleigh South before carrying out its natural route to Sydney, along with controlled tracking. There they were able to arrest 3 men on 5 February. A fourth conspirator was arrested on Wednesday in Melbourne.
A 47-year-old man from Watanobbi, on the NSW central coast, as well as a 75-year-old South African were charged with “importing commercial quantities of border controlled drugs.” A 39-year-old man from Sydney was charged with “attempting to possess commercial quantities of illicit drugs.”
The 3 perpetrators faced court in Sydney on Tuesday and have been placed in custody.
A fourth man from Roxburgh Park in Melbourne, aged 39, was also charged.
The APB are on the ball, having seized more than three tonnes of cocaine, 840 kg’s of methamphetamines/ crystal methamphetamine as well as 300 kg’s pseudoephedrine.
AFP Commander John Beveridge has this to say: “These arrests send a strong message to criminals who choose to import harmful drugs into our community for their own profits — you will be caught, no matter how creative you believe your concealment method may be.”