A western Sydney store manager who allegedly imported 25 kilograms of methamphetamine and cocaine concealed in electronic motors and pool pumps to his work is facing life behind bars if convicted.
The investigation, known as Operation Joffre, began in September last year after ABF officers noticed two parcels from Italy containing five kilograms of cocaine and three consignments from America containing 20 kilograms of methamphetamine.
Authorities will allege in court that Nathen Mallard, 35, used his position as a store manager to have the drugs delivered to his workplace in Silverwater. Authorities say the business had no knowledge of Mr Mallard’s alleged activities.
In mid-September 2020, AFP officers executed a search warrant at the business premises in Silverwater, where officials spoke with Mr Mallard. A number of items were seized, including an electric motor.
Forensic analysis of the items uncovered fingerprints and traces of methamphetamine which were allegedly used to link Mr Mallard to the drug importations.
On Wednesday, Mr Mallard attended Riverstone Police Station where he was arrested for drug trafficking offences.
He was charged with five counts of attempting to possess a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine and cocaine, and five counts of importing a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine and cocaine. If convicted, Mr Mallard faces life imprisonment.
Throughout the investigation, AFP officers worked closely with US Homeland Security. Further arrests have not been ruled out.