Men to face court over cocaine haul
AUSTRALIAN Federal Police have charged a fourth Mackay man over the alleged importation of $20 million worth of cocaine from South America.
Further arrests have been made in southern states and overseas and they follow a two-year operation involving drug enforcement authorities in at least three countries.
Three Spanish-speaking men faced the Mackay Magistrate’s Court today and each of them was represented by Antoinette Morton, of Morton Lawyers, who did not seek bail and who said each man would be applying for legal aid.
A fourth Mackay man faced 10 charges including conspiracy to import drugs, manufacturing and possessing drugs. He was represented by solicitor Cathy Krieg, of McKay’s Solicitors, and she did not apply for bail.
All men were remanded in custody until tomorrow morning when bail applications may be made.
The four men face a total of 36 charges after cocaine was intercepted at the Mackay railway at the weekend.
More than 50kg of cocaine was found hidden in 17 of 600 barrels of hydraulic oil, which were seized by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in Mackay on Friday night.