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Buried truck linked to dead diver, port cocaine seizure

Buried truck unearthed in drug, diver search

Source: NSW Police

One diver is dead, another remains missing and two men are before the courts over an alleged cocaine importation linked to the recent discovery of a buried truck.

Investigators have been piecing together the puzzle after the mysterious discovery of cocaine packages and a dead diver in the Port of Newcastle more than two years ago.

The diver was found unresponsive in the water with 54 kilograms of cocaine nearby, in May 2022.

He has since been identified as Brazilian 31-year-old Bruno Borges Martins. An alleged second diver, identified as 32-year-old Jhoni Fernandes Da Silva, was yet to be located, NSW Police said.

Queensland superyacht operator James Blee pleaded guilty in December to importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug and people smuggling, and will be sentenced in August.

His son, James Lake-Kusviandy Blee is on bail awaiting trial after pleading not guilty to aiding and abetting his father in the importation and dealing with more than $100,000 from the proceeds of crime.

A manslaughter charge against the elder Blee, related to diving equipment provided to Martins, was withdrawn following his guilty pleas.

NSW Police searched a property at Menangle, south-west of Sydney in May following an appeal for information made more than two years after the discovery.

A Mitsubishi Fuso truck, last seen travelling south hours before Martins was found floating unresponsive in the water, was excavated at the property.

Police are still seeking a Toyota van seen travelling with the truck.

– AAP

Topics: Crime, NSW
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