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A 63-year-old man allegedly imported 1.8 kilograms of cocaine hidden in gaming machine parts into Melbourne.
The man faces charges after federal police caught 1.8 kilograms of cocaine hidden in gaming machine parts.
Australian Federal Police investigators arrested a St Kilda man who took possession of the consignment on Tuesday, November 10.
On October 26 the Australian Border Force Officers investigated a sceptical shipment sent from Argentina to Melbourne including two gaming machine screens. And both gaming machine components were tested and stated a positive result for cocaine.
Search warrants were executed at $13,500 in cash, two properties in St Kilda, with one kilogram of cannabis with the things seized by inspectors.
The old man was charged with crimes including possessing the proceeds of crime (under $100,000) and having a controlled drug.
He was released on bail after a court appearance scheduled for today was delayed.
Todd Hunter, AFP Commander Investigations Southern Command said organised criminals have not quit trying to import toxic drugs into Australia.
“The excess of organised criminals means they will attempt to prey on our community, feeding the demand for these items, causing drug-related crime and improving the social values that inevitably follow,” Commander Hunter said.
He continued, “This operation confers the wonderful collaboration between Commonwealth agencies to stay a step forward of organised crime.”
ABF Port Operations South Commander, Craig Palmer, said the ABF has sophisticated resources and methodologies to target stop illegal drugs and imported goods, despite how criminals try to hide them.
“Offenders who try to import these types of items should know, wherever you hide it or how difficult the concealment, the ABF and our partner agencies will find it,” Commander Palmer said.
“Working together, the AFP and the ABF have stopped these life-destroying drugs touching our community.”