Update – Third man charged in Victoria for cocaine offences

A 32-year-old Sydney man is the third person to be charged by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in connection with an attempt to import almost 100 kilograms of cocaine into Australia with an estimated street value of more than $21 million.

On Sunday 15 July 2018, as part of the investigation code-named Operation Amberbrace, two men were arrested in the Melbourne suburb of Attwood after attempting to purchase 25 kilograms of the cocaine, Australian Federal Police say.


Search warrants were executed at the man’s Sydney premises, in which steroids and approximately $20,000 in cash were seized.

He has been charged with attempted importation of a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug (cocaine), contrary to sections 307.1(1) and 11.1(1) Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) and attempted possession of a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug (cocaine), contrary to sections 307.5 and 11.1(1) Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment.

The man has been extradited from Sydney to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates Court today (17 August 2018).


*The AFP uses the ACIC Illicit Drug Data Report (www.acic.gov.au) as the consistent publication for illicit substances in Australia. This figure is the basis of calculating both the monetary value of the illicit drug were it to be sold at the end of the supply chain or ‘on the street’, and the number of related street deals. This is based on available price data and may not be reflective of what would generally be considered as a street deal for this drug type.


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