Gold Coast man charged over alleged $115m cocaine import

A Gold Coast man appeared in Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged in connection to a 115-kilogram cocaine importation from South Africa to Sydney.

The 35-year-old was taken into custody at his home in Surfers Paradise late Monday, following an ongoing Australian Federal Police investigation that began in late 2018.

He is the fourth man to have been charged as part of the operation.


“Police will allege in court that a business allegedly linked to the Gold Coast man was used to import the 115 kilograms of cocaine, which was hidden inside a large generator,” the AFP said.

At the time, investigators executed search warrants at the man’s home and business, where they seized several mobile phones and laptops.

However, it wasn’t until they allegedly uncovered new evidence on the man’s phone, that revealed his alleged involvement in the $115 million cocaine importation.

He has been charged with one count of unlawfully importing a border controlled drug, which has a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

The man has been bailed to next appear in Southport Magistrates Court in February 2022.