Four Charged Over $78 Million Drug Haul

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12 June 2008 

Four charged over $78 million drug haul

Customs and Australian Federal Police (AFP) have prevented more than 300 kilograms

of illegal drugs from being smuggled into Australia inside fibreglass foot spas.

The drugs were detected by Customs officers in a consignment of foot spas and

massage chairs that arrived at the Port of Melbourne in sea cargo from Canada on 5


Customs conducted an x-ray analysis and discovered 124 kilograms of cocaine, 66

kilograms of methylamphetamines and 121 kilograms of MDMA inside the base of    

13 foot spas. The estimated street value of the drugs is $78 million.

AFP agents monitored the delivery to a Braybrook address in Melbourne’s western

suburbs. They arrested four men and executed search warrants at North Fitzroy,

Footscray, Braybrook and Melbourne overnight.

A 41-year-old Canadian man and a 26-year-old St Albans man will face Melbourne

Magistrates Court today charged with importing commercial quantities of cocaine,

methylamphetamine (ice) and MDMA (ecstasy).

A 46-year-old Werribee man was charged with attempting to possess commercial

quantities of cocaine, methylamphetamine (ice) and MDMA (ecstasy) and a 26-year-old

Kings Park man was charged with possessing commercial quantities of cocaine,

methylamphetamine (ice) and MDMA (ecstasy). Both will face Melbourne Magistrates

Court today.

Customs National Manager for Cargo Operations South Graham Krisohos said

Customs worked closely with its international network to detect major drug shipments.

“Syndicates will use just about any method of concealment to try and smuggle drugs

into Australia,” Mr Krisohos said.

“What this seizure demonstrates is we have the intelligence and the technology to find

these shipments, no matter how sophisticated the manner of import.”

AFP National Manager Border and International Tim Morris said the AFP worked

closely with its law enforcement partners to combat the importation of illegal narcotics.

“The range of illegal commodities within this consignment highlights the organised

nature of international drug smuggling,” Assistant Commissioner Morris said.

“This is a significant seizure, saving the community more than $90 million in associated

health and social costs.”

The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment and/or an $825,000 fine.

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Media Conference

A joint media conference will be held today (Thursday, 12 June 2008) at AFP

Headquarters in Melbourne, where the drugs will be on display.

Time: 10am

Address: AFP Headquarters, 383 La Trobe St, Melbourne.


Footage of the drug concealment will be available at the media conference.

Media inquiries

Customs Media (02) 6275 6793 

AFP Media (Canberra) (02) 6275 7100 

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