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Victorian man charged after 24kg of cocaine detected in water pumps

A Melbourne man faced Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday (2 March 2023) after allegedly importing 24kg of cocaine concealed in a consignment of water pumps.

The St Kilda man, 31, was arrested following an Australian Border Force (ABF) detection of illicit drugs concealed within an air cargo consignment of water pumps imported into Melbourne from Greece.

The 24 kilograms of cocaine has an estimated street value of more than $10 million. Further forensic testing will be conducted to determine the exact weight and purity of the drugs.

AFP investigators with assistance from Victoria Police’s VIPER Taskforce conducted a controlled delivery to an address in Melbourne and executed a search warrant at a St Kilda residence where the man was arrested.