Accused in court after UK return
ACCUSED drug trafficker Mark Coulton has been flown under police guard to face court in Cairns after being extradited from the UK.
The 56-year-old was escorted through the airport by two plainclothes officers and put into an awaiting paddywagon on Monday morning.
He appeared in Cairns Magistrates Court on Monday afternoon.
Mr Coulton is charged with conspiring with Port Douglas man Peter Mitchell to import a commercial quantity of pseudoephedrine – a precursor to methamphetamine – from Kenya to Australia between August 2014 and April 2015.
Police allege the pair arranged for 18kg of pills to be sent through the post, with plans to sell to drug manufacturers in Cairns and Sydney.
Mr Mitchell, 60, was charged with conspiring to pre-traffic a commercial quantity of a controlled precursor and is next due to face the Cairns Magistrates Court for mention on March 7.
Magistrate Janelle Brassington heard Mr Coulton would be represented by a Sydney law firm.
She told Mr Coulton he would not need to physically attend his next court mention if he preferred to appear via video-link.
“We’ll do the video-link, that’d be great,” he responded.
Mr Coulton did not make an application for bail and was remanded in custody to appear for committal mention on May 2.
Drug conspiracy accused Mark Coulton.