Man to face Brisbane court over 2012 cocaine conspiracy

A Brazilian national is expected to face Brisbane Magistrate’s Court today (18 August) over his alleged role in a transnational drug syndicate, after the AFP successfully applied to have him extradited from Western Australia.

AFP officers escorted the man, 40, on a flight from Perth to Brisbane yesterday (17 August) to face two charges for allegedly conspiring to import commercial quantities of cocaine and dealing in the proceeds of crime.

Police will allege the man was part of a syndicate using couriers to smuggle cocaine from Brazil and New Zealand into Australia in 2012.

The man was arrested in WA earlier this month, a decade after a Queensland Magistrate issued a warrant for his arrest when he allegedly failed to appear in court.

The man will face charges in Queensland of:

  • One count of conspiracy to import a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine, contrary to section 307.1 by virtue of section 11.5 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth). The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment; and
  • Dealing in the proceeds of crime money or property worth $100,000 or more, contrary to section 400.4(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth). The maximum penalty for this offence is 20 years’ imprisonment.
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