Customs media release
Seventh man arrested over alleged cocaine syndicate - Friday, 2nd October 2009
Joint media release: Customs and Border Protection and AFP
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have arrested a seventh man in connection to an alleged cocaine syndicate that was dismantled at Sydney International Airport last month.
The 57-year-old Hillsdale man will appear in Sydney Central Local Court this afternoon.
Investigations into the cocaine syndicate began on 2 December 2007 when Customs and Border Protection officers discovered 5.7 kilograms of cocaine on board a plane at Sydney International Airport.
This consignment had a street value of approximately $1.6 million.
The AFP executed a search warrant on the man's Hillsdale residence this morning, where the man was arrested.
It will be alleged in court that the man was involved the 2007 importation, on a flight from Los Angeles to Sydney.
The man was charged today with the importation and possession of a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs as per section 307.1 of the Criminal Code 1995.
The offence carries a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment.
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