Three Men Charged Over One-Tonne Meth Bust in Australia

July 24, 2020 Updated: July 24, 2020

Three men who allegedly sailed one tonne of methamphetamine from Mexico to waters off Norfolk Island during a failed drug smuggling operation are set to face a Queensland court.

The two UK citizens, aged 37 and 53, and a US national, aged 30, were arrested in Brisbane on July 24 and charged with one count each of importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drug.

The trio is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday.

The Australian Federal Police alleges the three men sailed their vessel into water off Norfolk Island, before the methamphetamine was loaded onto a yacht named the La Fayette.

They say the La Fayette then sailed toward NSW where it was intercepted by the water police off Lake Macquarie in April, following a tip-off by New Caledonian authorities.

Two men on board that yacht – a New Zealand citizen aged 33 and a dual UK/South African national aged 35 – were charged with importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drug and have previously appeared in the Parramatta Bail Court.

“This operation has delivered a significant blow to organised criminal groups attempting to operate in Australia,” the AFP’s Kirsty Schofield said.

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