Olympian jailed for up to 25 years over cocaine smuggling attempt

Olympian Nathan Baggaley will spend at least 12 years in prison for attempting to smuggle a large amount of cocaine into Australia.

The kayaker and his brother Dru Baggaley were found guilty earlier this year, of the failed plot to get around $200 million worth of cocaine, or around 650 kg, into the country back in 2018.

It’s understood that Dru hired another man, Anthony Draper, to assist with the collection of the drugs from a foreign ship off the Australian coast.


The whole exchange was then caught on camera before the Royal Australian Navy attempted to stop the boat.

A chase lasting a couple of hours then saw Dru throw dozens of packages overboard before Queensland Police finally got to them.

Nathan was arrested later, after being identified as a key part of the plan.

The brothers have been sentenced in a Brisbane court this afternoon, with Nathan handed 25 years behind bars, eligible for parole after 12 years.

And Dru has been sentenced to 28 years in prison, eligible for parole after 16 years.