Thursday 19 October 2017

Irishman arrested as part of 'major' international drugs bust in Australia

Cocaine and MDMA seized by Northern Territory Police in Australia Photo: Northern Territory Police Facebook
Cocaine and MDMA seized by Northern Territory Police in Australia Photo: Northern Territory Police Facebook
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

An Irishman who is allegedly a member of an international racket accused of trafficking drugs into Australia has been arrested.

Stephen Donnelly (36) was one of four men arrested in Darwin on Wednesday following a multi-agency police operation.

The drug syndicate is accused of transporting MDMA and cocaine worth around $1 million (€667,000) from Europe into Australia, Northern Territory Police said.

All four appeared in court on Friday and did not apply for bail.

MDMA seized by police Photo: Northern Territory Police
MDMA seized by police Photo: Northern Territory Police

Police said they seized a package containing 1.2kg of MDMA pills and 127 grams of cocaine hidden in containers.

"This is another excellent result for Taskforce Nemesis, which is committed to providing a multi-agency approach to combat illicit substances that enter the Territory," Detective Senior Sergeant Stringer said on Northern Territory's Facebook page.

"The message to drug traffickers is simple: Your business is not welcome here, and we will continue to use all resources available to dismantle your trade and bring you to justice.

 “Police allege that on 8 October, two males traveled to Mount Isa where they collected a package containing drugs.

Cocaine seized by police Photo: Northern Territory Police
Cocaine seized by police Photo: Northern Territory Police

"The pair then traveled back to Darwin on 11 October and dropped the package at a Darwin CBD storage shed. They were arrested shortly after.

"A third male attended the shed and collected items from the package. Upon doing so, members from Taskforce Nemesis and the Territory Response Group arrested him."

Along with Stephen Donnelly, a UK national (31), a French national (24) and an Australian man (41) were all arrested and charged.

Perth Now reports that Donnelly blew kisses to two women seated in the public gallery during his brief court appearance on Friday.

Independent.ie has contacted the Department of Foreign Affairs for comment.

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