Men Face Court In Victoria Over Million Dollar Cocaine Bust
Two Mexican men have faced court in Victoria after being charged with the attempted importation of 300kg of cocaine into Australia.
Eduardo Radamez Chavez Gonzalez, 33 and Gabriel Altamirano Galindo, 34 faced Melbourne Magistrates' Court yesterday after the illegal substance, with an estimated street value of around $105 million, was discovered in pallets of coffee and cocoa.
Gonzalez was initially arrested at Melbourne Airport after a small quantity of cocaine was discovered on his person.
This led to a joint federal and state investigation and the pallets filled with the large haul of cocaine were discovered during a raid on an Altona business earlier in November.
Police raided homes in Port Melbourne and Balaclava on Wednesday and Galindo was arrested during this operation.
The two men have been charged with importing a commercial quantity of cocaine while Gonzalez also faces other charges including attempting to possess a commercial quantity of cocaine.
Rod Winchester from the Border Force has said that international drug syndicates target Australia as there is a high demand for the drug here.
"Sadly, Australians are still prepared to pay a very high price for drugs including cocaine, but we aren't making it easy for them," he said.
"This is why Border Force officers turn up to work each day - to play their part in stopping dangerous people, peddling dangerous drugs, from entering our country and ruining Australian lives."
Both men remain in police custody and will face court once again on March 22.