Saturday August 24 2013

– Federal police are investigating if any Australians were connected to the second largest shipment of cocaine bound for our shores and seized in Vanuatu this week.
It was revealed yesterday the Australian Federal Police, along with Customs and the US Drug Enforcement Administration, found 750kg of cocaine on a yacht known as the Raj docked at Port Vila in Vanuatu.
The drugs, with a street value of about $370 million, originated from South America.
The AFP said yesterday they were likely at the hands of serial drug traffickers.
It was the second biggest haul captured that was bound for Australia, topped only by a 938kg haul of cocaine off the Western Australian coast in 2001.
The haul was the largest under Project Cringle, set up in 2010 to target the region’s drug trade.
Arrests are likely to be made over the latest shipment, possibly within the next month, police said.
The cocaine was found hidden under a concrete slab in the lower engine compartments of the yacht and around the keel area of the hull.
The drugs were “particularly well hidden”, according to authorities, and police had to use a chisel to get them out. No one was on board when the seizure was made.
Vanuatu Police assisted with the capture.
AFP assistant commissioner Ramzi Jabbour said yesterday the same drug syndicate was involved in another alleged importation attempt in 2011.
He said the latest seizure had prevented an estimated 750,000 individual drug deals from hitting Australian streets.
“Whilst there have been no arrests at this stage of the investigation…it is an ongoing matter,” he said.
“We are working actively with out regional counterparts, both in the Pacific and more broadly in the international arena.”
Assistant commissioner Jabbour said drug smugglers would continue to find it harder to import to Australia as the AFP worked in closer collaboration with its regional partners to crack down on the trade – Lanai Scarr


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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