Thursday, May 19, 2022

Dead scuba diver, 55kg cocaine surface in NSW - update II

The diver found dead in Newcastle harbour has been identified as Brazilian Bruno Borges, 31. Cops have issued a warrant for the arrest of the man they believe was a second diver, Jhoni Fernandes Da Silva.

James Blee, 62, was arrested in Far North Queensland while trying to board a flight to Singapore.
Cops say the original shipment of drugs weighed up to 300kg. Only 100kg made its way into Australian waters and the remaining 200kg ended up in Indonesia. Indonesian authorities say the drugs they found floating in four black packages near Java's Merak Port weighed 179kg — making it a record haul for the country.
Cops in New South Wales found 110 pounds of cocaine, estimated to be worth about $14m, along with the body of a diver washed up on a riverbank. The diver was wearing expensive scuba equipment including a “rebreather” that lets a person breathe underwater without producing a trail of bubbles. The cocaine came from the nearby cargo ship Areti, a Marshall Islands vessel that had arrived from Argentina on Sunday. 46kg of cocaine from the bulk carrier made its way onto Australia and cops are looking for a second diver.