Wanted Australian drug fugitive arrested in the Philippines

A MAN charged with conspiring to import more than 71 kilograms of cocaine from Colombia into Australia has finally been arrested after two years on the run.

The 44-year-old, from Queensland, was due to appear in the Queensland Supreme Court for trial in September 2015, however he never showed up.

Following a major two year international operation, the man was located and taken into custody in the Philippines.


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Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan said the location and arrest of the man was a testament to the AFP’s strong global network and policing partnerships across South East Asia.

“We greatly value the assistance provided by the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation in this matter,” Assistant Commissioner Gaughan said.

“Our liaison officers have worked closely with the NBI to confirm the location of the man and were permitted to be present when the man was finally arrested.

“This arrest sends a strong message to would-be fugitives… our reach across the globe is second to none and we will use all our contacts and relationships to find you and bring you before a court.”

The man will be extradited back to Australia to face the outstanding drug importation charges.