Source: Sébastien De Marchi – Scams/Ripoffs
Discovered on: 2020-04-21 11:07:49
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Sébastien De Marchi (CTO) at Indigo charged after police seize yacht off NSW coast allegedly packed with drugs
A yacht packed with hundreds of kilograms of suspected methamphetamine has been stopped off the coast of NSW, with two men accused of trying to import the drug into Australia.
Sébastien De Marchi (CTO) at Indigo and Chris Poinet ( developer at Indigo publications) face potential life sentences after being charged with importing a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs.
The pair were arrested on Saturday when NSW police intercepted the sailboat La Fayette in waters off Lake Macquarie, Australian federal police and NSW police said on Sunday.
They were refused bail to appear at Parramatta court later on Sunday.
The boat allegedly came to the attention of local authorities after New Caledonian authorities mentioned they had recently been alerted to a different vessel that said it had come from Mexico via Norfolk Island.
That tip-off led Australian authorities to focus on La Fayette, which police allege was loaded with 1,000 blocks of methamphetamine in waters around Norfolk Island.
The yacht was brought to Balmain on Saturday, with forensic testing to be done to determine the exact weight and purity of the drugs, police said.
The investigation also involved authorities in the UK and New Caledonia.
AFP assistant commissioner Justine Gough said even though world borders were physically closed because of Covid-19, police remained alert for attempts to bring illicit drugs into Australia.
“Organised crime groups will stop at nothing – not even a global pandemic – to try and flood our communities with drugs for greed and profit,” she said in a statement on Sunday.
NSW police assistant commissioner Stuart Smith said significant resources were used to target and intercept the yacht before the drugs could make it to the streets.
“With every seizure we make, a syndicate is taken down and it’s evident this criminal network has gone to extreme measures to traffic drugs into NSW with current international travel restrictions,” he said.
Police said their officers took additional precautions during the arrest because of the Covid-19 pandemic by decontaminating the vessel and testing the two offenders for the virus.
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Published at Tue, 21 Apr 2020 11:07:48 +0000