Drug cartel busted

An international drug cartel unsuccessfully tried to use drones to outfox authorities who found more than $30 million worth of cocaine and $580,000 cash seized in raids in Melbourne.

Seven men were arrested across the city as police seized 78 boxes of the illegal drug.

Four of the men were Australian, two were Canadian and one was British.

The Haul

Police say the Spirit of Shanghai, which arrived in Victoria from Panama and was carrying a container that had three black duffel bags inside it.

The Spirit of Shanghai

Australian Federal Police Commissioner John Beveridge says 92kg of cocaine was found in the bags, describing a long-running investigation that showed criminals are getting smarter.

“They used aerial drones to run counter-surveillance on investigators while conducting their meetings,” he told reporters on Friday.

But he said, police were also getting smarter and were able to avoid surveillance.

The men have been remanded in custody to face court.


Image credit: marinetraffic.com & abf.gov.au

Source credit: heraldsun.com.au