Three face life af­ter ice bust

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

THREE Aus­tralians face life in jail af­ter be­ing charged in re­la­tion to a plan to fly $ 255 mil­lion worth of the drug ice to Aus­tralia from the US. It will be al­leged a 72- year- old Mel­bourne man planned to pi­lot a plane from Cal­i­for­nia to a re­gional Vic­to­rian air­port, with 255kg of crys­tal metham­phetamine on board. Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice be­lieve the in­ter­na­tional drug syn­di­cate in­tended to re­move pas­sen­ger seats from a sixseater Cessna 210 in or­der to con­ceal the drugs. The ice was bound for the east coast of Aus­tralia, po­lice be­lieve, but investigations con­tinue. The al­leged pi­lot was stopped at Mel­bourne Air­port ear­lier this month. Two other men, one aged 58 from Maribyrnong, and an­other aged 52 from NSW, have been nabbed in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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