IRONSIDE: Sydney man charged for importing cocaine

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A Sydney man with links to an Outlaw Motorcycle Club faced Sydney Central Local court yesterday - after being charged with importing cocaine and knowingly participating in a criminal group.

Australian Federal Police Operation Ironside intelligence revealed the 40-year-old Sydney man was allegedly involved in organising the importation of illicit drugs into Australia through the parcel post system.

In February 2021, the New South Wales Police Force Organised Crime Squad arrested a 48-year-old man in relation to the importation of 2.1kg of cocaine.

On 30 July 2021, AFP officers attended a premises in Sydney and arrested the 40-year-old Sydney man in connection to the same importation. The man was charged with:

  • Importing a substance, the substance being a border-controlled drug, namely cocaine, and the quantity being a marketable quantity, contrary to s. 307.2(1) of the Criminal Code 1995(Cth); and
  • Knowingly participating in a criminal group by directing the activities of the group, knowing that it was a criminal group and reckless as to whether the participation contributed to the occurrence of criminal activity, contrary to s. 93T(1A) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW).

The man did not apply for bail. He is expected to appear before court again on 29 September 2021.

A separate 40-year-old Sydney man was arrested in June 2021 in connection to the same importation of 2.1kg of cocaine and charged with the same offences. He is next expected to appear before court on 4 August 2021.

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