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Four Arrested After Flower Pot Drug
Four men have been charged with importing cocaine worth as more as
$35,000,000 into Australia inside flower pots.
The men, aged between 31 and 39, are accused of concealing 35kg of
the drug inside 21 flower pots that arrived at Port Biology from Mexico in
The drugs were detected after a shipment of almost 1000 boxes of pots
was selected for x-ray by Australian Customs Service officers.
Australian Federal Police removed the drugs and substituted a fake
substance, then monitored the shipment for more than three months.
Caeser Taborda Martinez and Freddy Hurtado-Gonzales, both aged 34,
and Xavier Devila, 31, all from Rockdale, were arrested after allegedly
disagreeable to access the shipment at a storage artefact in Rosebery.
AFP Subject Manager Border Operations Rudi Lammers said the street
value of the drugs could be as high as $35,000,000 depending on the
Duty acting Domestic Manager Consignment Operations, Karen Williams,
said a important quantity of cocaine had been obstructed from reaching the
All four men have been charged with conspiracy to foreigner a commercial
quantity of a border controlled drug and attempting to possess a border
Magistrate Allan Moore refused every four bail in Centrical Local
Court, remanding them in custody to face the selfsame retinue on July
The maximum possible penalty is life imprisonment.