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3 February 2017

Further charges in international investigation targeting cocaine importation

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Federal Police, New South Wales Crime Commission, New South Wales Police Force

A 47-year-old US resident will face Waverley Local Court today (Friday, 3 February 2017), after being charged for his role in a major transnational crime syndicate allegedly responsible for the importation of cocaine into Australia.

A joint-agency investigation involving the Australian Federal Police (AFP), NSW Police Force’s Organised Crime Squad, NSW Crime Commission and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission commenced in 2015, targeting alleged large-scale drug supply.

Following extensive investigations, two men were arrested in Punchbowl, NSW, on Thursday, 9 June 2016. These men are currently before the NSW courts, charged with a range of drug offences.

Yesterday (Thursday, 2 February 2017), the 47-year-old was arrested at an address in Mascot, NSW, after arriving on a flight from Los Angeles earlier in the week.

He has been charged with the importation of a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine.

Police will allege that the man has been involved in the importation of illegal drugs, via airfreight and the mail systems, from Southern California, USA, to Australia between September 2015 and January 2017.

Enquiries remain ongoing and further arrests have not been ruled out.

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3 February 2017