3:21:06 AM PDT - Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Australian police seize £136m worth of cocaine hidden in frozen fruit products  

By Editor - Fri Oct 16, 10:07 pm

A Sydney man is facing life in prison after Australian police intercepted cocaine worth A$248 million (£136 million) concealed in frozen fruit products from Brazil. The Australian Federal Police and Border Force officers seized 552kg (1,214 pounds) of the drug hidden in pallets of banana pulp and branded with koala pictures in Sydney on Friday. They also arrested a 68-year-old man at Forestville in the city's northwest following a tip-off from American authorities about the suspect shipment, which arrived in Australia on September 21. Police allege the man, Mark De Hesselle, collected 139 boxes of the pulp and removed the drugs. He has been charged with attempting to import a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs and possessing a commercial quantity of unlawfully imported border-controlled drugs. Both offences carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment

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Australian police seize £136m worth of cocaine hidden in frozen fruit products

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