Australian police solve cocaine on beach mystery

Australian police solve cocaine on beach mystery

05:13 PM April 18, 2024

This photograph taken on May 2, 2023 at the Policia Judiciaria - PJ (Criminal Police) headquarters in Lisbon shows Criminal Police officers handling cocaine bricks (4,2 tonnes), seized by Portuguese authorities hidden in banana commercial boxes from Latin America, in the last weeks during an investigation.PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP

Samples of cocaine bricks hidden in boxes (File photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

Australian police have arrested a man they allege was behind a failed drug import plot that resulted in mysterious cocaine bricks washing up on east coast beaches for months.

A 36-year-old Queensland man is allegedly the head of a domestic crime network and played a key role in the collection and distribution of tons of cocaine across the country, Australian Federal Police said on Thursday.


But the man’s criminal actions unravelled when 900 kilogrammes (almost 2,000 pounds) of cocaine was unable to be collected at sea.


About 256 kilograms of that product washed up in bricks on the shores of popular beaches from late 2023.

The man was arrested on Wednesday and hit with 19 charges. He could face life imprisonment if found guilty.

Australian Federal Police Superintendent Adrian Telfer said the origin of the drugs was still under investigation.

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