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Australia Former Olympic kayaker and brother jailed over cocaine importation plot

15:59  27 july  2021
15:59  27 july  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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Former Olympian Nathan Baggaley and his brother Dru have been jailed for more than two decades each after the pair tried to import millions of dollars' worth of cocaine into Australia via international waters.

The brothers were sentenced in a Brisbane court today, with the former Olympic kayaker being given 25 years' jail and his brother sentenced to 28 years' jail.

The lengthy sentences come after the two brothers attempted to import over 500kg of cocaine into Australia after picking up dead drops from just off the Queensland coast in 2018.

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a group of people on a boat in the water: Former Olympian Nathan Baggaley and his brother Dru have been sentenced to jail after the pair tried to import millions of dollars' worth of cocaine into Australia via international waters. © 9News Former Olympian Nathan Baggaley and his brother Dru have been sentenced to jail after the pair tried to import millions of dollars' worth of cocaine into Australia via international waters.

Dru Baggaley was caught on Australian Navy surveillance video collecting the parcels from the water before a chase ensued and the smaller boat dropped the cargo.

The brothers had several supporters in their corner as the sentences were handed down, including another brother who told them "everything is going to be okay" as they were taken away.

They will not be eligible for parole until at least 2033, but lawyers have told 9News the brothers will appeal their sentences.

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