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Australia Euro drug ring smashed as police intercept drugs in postal disguise

17:31  11 july  2018
17:31  11 july  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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NSW Police have intercepted drugs disguised as care packages: a 2015 French Merlot, chocolate covered biscuits and packets of chips were used as The drugs , concealed in 40 packages amongst the supermarket goods, were intercepted by a joint Australian Federal Police and Australian Border

© NSW Police One of many French nationals arrested in April over the alleged drug distribution ring . On Wednesday a 26-year-old French In April NSW Police arrested and charged eight individuals, together with college students and backpackers, over their alleged function in trafficking the medication.

Wine bottles used as decoys in the drug importations.© AFP Wine bottles used as decoys in the drug importations. They looked like care packages sent from abroad: a 2015 French Merlot, chocolate covered biscuits and packets of chips.

In reality they were a decoy used to import $3.3 million worth of MDMA and cocaine from France to Australia.

Around 40 packages of cocaine and MDMA were concealed in the would-be care packages sent from France.© AFP Around 40 packages of cocaine and MDMA were concealed in the would-be care packages sent from France.

The drugs, concealed in 40 packages amongst the supermarket goods, were intercepted by a joint Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force operation over a six-month period.

Their seizure and the arrest of four foreign nationals has been credited for dismantling a European drug syndicate suspected of using tourists, students and backpackers to distribute drugs imported from France.

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The drugs were bought into Australia through an as-yet unknown spot on the border from overseas, he said. Police are confident that the three arrested The 22- year -old was dubbed ' Cocaine Cassie' after narcotics police alleged they had found 5.9 kilograms of the drug in her luggage in April this year .

But police allege the relationship goes much deeper – thatMr Goldstein is a player in the alleged dark web drug syndicate run by Mr Tenenboim, the alleged He was also charged with onselling the drugs in 300 gram units over a number of months. Following his arrest, in which police allegedly found two

One of the French nationals arrested in April over the alleged drug distribution ring.© NSW Police One of the French nationals arrested in April over the alleged drug distribution ring.

On Wednesday a 26-year-old French national was arrested and charged in Bondi for his alleged role in the operation, which is believed to have imported the drugs in packed luggage or via the post.

He was due to face Central Local Court on Wednesday afternoon, charged with aiding and abetting, counselling or procuring the importation of a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.

The packages were seized over a six-month period.© AFP The packages were seized over a six-month period.

It follows the arrest in March of two other French nationals - a man and a woman - and a Belgian man in Melbourne, over the importation of 750 grams of MDMA concealed in wine bottles.

All three remain in custody, charged with importing a commercial quantity of drugs, aid, abetting, concealing or procuring the importation of drugs and dealing with money or other property suspected to be the proceeds of crime.

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But police allege the relationship goes much deeper – thatMr Goldstein is a player in the alleged dark web drug syndicate run by Mr Tenenboim, the alleged He was also charged with onselling the drugs in 300 gram units over a number of months. Following his arrest, in which police allegedly found two

They are due to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday July 16.

“With about 40 packages of MDMA and cocaine seized, each ranging from 100gms to more than 200gms, this has been a complex and unique investigation,” said AFP Detective Superintendent Paul Hopkins.

ABF Commander of Investigations Graeme Grosse said the operation highlighted the "creative and ever-changing methods used by criminals to import drugs."

“We hope this operation sends a message, if you’re thinking of buying, selling or transporting illicit drugs, the penalties are severe and it’s simply not worth the risk, we will catch you,” he said.

In April NSW Police arrested and charged eight people, including students and backpackers, over their alleged role in trafficking the drugs.

Seven French nationals and one Thai woman were arrested at properties in Darlinghurst, Haymarket and Tamarama following the NSW Police investigation into the supply of MDMA, cocaine, LSD, ketamine and cannabis.

'Broke dropkick' another player in alleged Vaucluse dark web syndicate .
Chaim Goldstein and Dov Tenenboim have a lot more in common than their education at a prestigious Sydney college and luxury travel around the globe. Now in their 30s, they attended the exclusive Moriah College together and have remained close ever since – Mr Tenenboim even helped Mr Goldstein with his boutique denim business, which has since collapsed.But police allege the relationship goes much deeper – thatMr Goldstein is a player in the alleged dark web drug syndicate run by Mr Tenenboim, the alleged kingpin, from his luxury Vaucluse apartment.

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