A 39-year-old New Zealand national and a 32-year-old man from Merrylands, New South Wales have been 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.
Both men were arrested yesterday (Sunday, 15 July) in the Melbourne suburb of Attwood. The investigation, code-named Operation Amberbrace, began in June 2018 following the interception of 97 kilograms of cocaine. It will be alleged together the men attempted to purchase 25 kilograms of the cocaine.
The New Zealand national has been charged with the attempted importation of a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, contrary to section 307.1 and section 11.1 of the Criminal Code Act (Cth) 1995, and attempted trafficking of a commercial quantity of a controlled drug, contrary to section 302.2 and section 11.1 of the Criminal Code Act (Cth) 1995.
The maximum sentence for these offences is life imprisonment.
AFP acting Manager Organised Crime Commander Krissy Barrett said these arrests should serve as a warning that those attempting to import and traffic illicit and harmful substances into our communities will be caught and will face the full force of the law.
Both men are scheduled to appear before Melbourne Magistrates Court today (Monday, 16 July 2018).
Investigations are continuing and further charges have not been ruled out.