Three men charged with smuggling $20m worth of cocaine into Melbourne using a jukebox
Bizarre way men managed to smuggle $20 million worth of cocaine into Melbourne before being ambushed by police
- Three men arrested for smuggling $20 million worth of cocaine in a jukebox
- The 45kg package from Greece was tracked to a house in northern Melbourne
- The three men aged 26, 39 and 66 were arrested by officers on Tuesday
- The men are believed to be key members of a crime syndicate
- Part of four-month investigation into Melbourne cocaine imports
Three men have been arrested after allegedly using a jukebox to smuggle $20 million worth of cocaine into Australia.
The 45kg shipment from Greece was discovered by Australian Border Force agents and followed to a home in Sunshine North in western Melbourne.
A 39-year-old Spotswood man, a 26-year-old Reservoir man and a 66-year-old Greek foreigner were arrested on Tuesday by Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police.
Three men arrested after allegedly smuggled $20 million worth of cocaine into Australia in a jukebox (pictured)
Police searched Sunshine North property, homes in Spotswood and Reservoir, and commercial buildings in Toorak and Kingsville.
Two Mercedes-Benz vehicles, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, luxury watches, jewelry, clothing, drugs and a significant amount of cash were seized.
The men from Spotswood and Reservoir were each charged with importing a commercial amount of a border-controlled drug and attempting to possess a commercial amount of a border-controlled drug.
They appeared in court on Wednesday and have been remanded in custody. The Greek man was released pending further investigation.
A 39-year-old Spotswood man, a 26-year-old Reservoir man and a 66-year-old Greek foreigner were arrested Tuesday by Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police (photo, cocaine found in jukebox)
AFP detective inspector Mark McKiernan said the men are believed to be key members of a crime syndicate (photo, items seized by police)
The men are believed to be key members of a crime syndicate, AFP detective Mark McKiernan said.
“We also know that drug trafficking can lead to drug wars on our streets and in source countries, and often law-abiding citizens can be the collateral damage of that violence,” Det McKiernan said.
“Illegal drug trafficking can also fund other horrific crimes, such as human trafficking and sexual slavery.”
The arrests highlighted continued local demand for drugs, Victoria Police Superintendent Andrew Stamper said.
“Our goal is to make sure we disrupt the organized crime syndicates responsible for these imports, so charging two people and carrying out these seizures is extremely satisfying,” he said.
The arrests were part of a four-month joint task force investigation into cocaine imports into Melbourne.