5 gang members charged with importing drugs

An aircraft carrying 500kg of cocaine that crashed while attempting to take-off from a remote airstrip at Papa Lea Lea, Papua New Guinea, on July 26. – AFP pic, August 2, 2020.

FIVE alleged members of an Australia-based organised crime ring have been charged after hundreds of kilos of cocaine were discovered in a plane that crashed after take-off in Papua New Guinea, police said yesterday.

Australian federal police allege that “greed played a significant part in the syndicate’s activities and cannot rule out that the weight of the cocaine had an impact on the plane’s ability to take off”.

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