Media Release: 54-year-old British man extradited from Thailand to face 20 serious charges in Australia

Release Date: Friday, November 09 2012, 05:38 PM

A 54-year-old British man appeared in the Sydney Central Local court today, after being extradited from Thailand on 26 October 2012.

The man’s extradition follows his arrest by Thai police in 2008 in relation to a provisional arrest warrant issued by Australian authorities. For the past four years, he has been remanded in a Bangkok Remand Centre contesting the extradition proceedings.

The man fled to Thailand after a two-year AFP investigation that spanned three continents and culminated in the arrest of 15 people and the dismantling of a criminal syndicate involved in the global production and distribution of narcotics.

The highly-sensitive investigation – unprecedented in its complexity and multi-jurisdictional coordination – required more than 250 officers from law enforcement agencies in Australia, The Netherlands, Pakistan and Thailand to combine efforts to crack the sophisticated syndicate which had been responsible for the global distribution of hundreds of kilograms of drugs.

The man has been charged with a total of 20 serious offences including:

  • Four charges of conspiracy to supply a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug contrary to s 25 (2) and s 26 of the Drugs Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW);
  • Six charges of conspiracy to import a commercial quantity of a prohibited import pursuant to s 11.5 of the Criminal Code Act (Cth) 1995 and Section 233B Customs Act 1901 (Cth);
  • Six charges of conspiracy to possess a commercial quantity of a prohibited import pursuant to s 11.5 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) and s 233B Customs Act 1901 (Cth);
  • One charge of money laundering contrary to s 81 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 1987 (Cth)
  • One charge of conspiracy to import a commercial quantity of border controlled precursor, namely pseudoephedrine, contrary to s 307.11 and s 11.5 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);
  • One charge of conspiracy to supply not less than the commercial quantity of prohibited drug, namely pseudoephedrine, contrary to s 25(2) and s 26 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW); and
  • One charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice contrary to s 42 of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth).

The maximum penalty applicable for these offences is life imprisonment and/or an $825,000 fine.

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