Seventh Arrest Over 35 Kilogram Cocaine Seizure

(LAWFUEL) – A 38-year-old Greystanes man will face Sydney Central Local Court this afternoon charged over the importation of 35 kilograms of cocaine concealed in flowerpots from Mexico following a joint Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Customs operation.

AFP agents arrested the man on 11 September 2008. He is the seventh person charged over the 2007 importation.

Customs officers at the Port Botany Container Examination Facility discovered the cocaine concealed in the rims of the flowerpots when the consignment arrived in Sydney in March 2007.

A 36-year-old man, a 37-year-old man and a 32-year-old man, all from Rockdale, a 40-year-old Kensington man, a 44-year-old Dundas man and a 35-year-old Bexley man appeared in Sydney Central Local on 13 July 2007 charged with conspiracy to import a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug and attempt to possess a border controlled drug in relation to this consignment.

The 38-year-old man arrested yesterday was charged with conspiracy to possess a commercial quantity of cocaine contrary to the Criminal Code Act 1995.

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

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