Yacht Drug Bust: 2 charged after 247kg of cocaine found in Townsville

In recent news, it was reported that two men were arrested in ACT and have charges mentioned in Brisbane court over a $61 million yacht cocaine seizure in Townsville. You are required to read the article for more details and information about the case. Follow us around for all the insights and fresh updates at the PKB News.

Yacht Drug Bust

Yacht Drug Bust

In a recent turn of events, two men were arrested in ACT and have been charged mentioned in Brisbane court over a $61 million yacht cocaine seizure in Townsville. It was reported that the Brisbane court today is in relation to the seizure of nearly 250 kilograms of cocaine from a yacht in Townsville. According to the Australian Federal Police, they will allege the men aged 55 and 44 traveled to Townsville from Canberra in May to recover the cocaine, which was destroyed in the hull of a yacht that sailed to Australia from Vanuatu. Reportedly, in April, the yacht arrived in Townsville which raised the suspicions of the Australian Border Force which restricted its movement for 90 days while investigating.

However, during the investigation, ABF Acting Commander of Operations in Queensland, Melati Smith noticed minor abnormalities with the hull of the vessel. She said that the ABF officers believed that the vessel posed a risk at which point in time the vessel was removed from the water. During the investigation, the ABF noticed minor anomalies with the hull of the vessel. However, Detective Superintendent Adrian Telfer from the AFP said that it was not easy to navigate and extract the drug from the hull. Reportedly, they found and seized 247kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of around $61 million hidden in the hull. The men were arrested at an apartment in the Canberra area of Griffith on Thursday.

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Allegedly, the AFB found a bag of nearly #300,000 thrown from a balcony by one of the men when officers arrived. However, it was reported that police will allege that money was the proceeds of crime. The pair faced the ACT Magistrates Court last Friday on charges of importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug and dealing in proceeds of crime, previously being to Brisbane the following day. Moreover, the maximum penalty for these offenses is life imprisonment. The pair did not appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today when the charges were described.

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