Two men, one from Mackay, charged with importing cocaine

TWO men are set to face Southport Magistrate's Court this morning after being arrested by the Queensland-based Jericho Waterfront Taskforce.

A 32-year-old man from Mackay and a 24-year-old United States national were yesterday charged with allegedly importing approximately two kilograms of cocaine into the Gold Coast.

It will be alleged in court that both men were temporarily staying on the Gold Coast to facilitate the importation of approximately two kilograms of cocaine concealed in two separate packages of protein powder.

The Mackay man was arrested yesterday outside the Miami Post Office after allegedly taking possession of one of the packages.

The United States national was arrested on the Miami Esplanade a short time later.

Taskforce members conducted additional search warrants in the Gold Coast suburbs of Broadbeach and Hope Island.

Jericho Waterfront Taskforce Commander Brett Swan said the successful resolution was testament to the efforts of all involved in the taskforce.

"The expertise of all agencies involved in the Jericho Waterfront Taskforce has enabled us to identify, investigate and disrupt a criminal syndicate in its very early stages," said Federal Agent Swan.

"We will allege in court that this venture was the first phase of an attempt to establish an ongoing criminal enterprise that had links to the waterfront environment here in Queensland."

Both men were charged with conspiracy to import a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug under Section 307.2(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995, by virtue of Section 11.5(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

The Mackay man was also charged with one count of possessing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug reasonably suspected of having been unlawfully imported under Section 307.9(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995.



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