Olympian tried to smuggle $150m of cocaine

Olympian tried to smuggle $150m of cocaine
Nathan Baggaley was a double silver-medallist at the 2004 Athens Olympics and three-times world champion. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: An Australian Olympic player and his brother have been found guilty of attempting to smuggle A $200m of cocaine into the country.

Nathan Baggaley, an Australian Olympic kayaker, and Dru Baggaley will be sentenced later this month. Both of them have pleaded not guilty.

Dru and another man were arrested in 2018 after a police made a dramatic chase at sea that also involved the navy and air force.

Nathan purchased the boat used in the incident.

Dru and the other man, Anthony Draper, made an 11-hour long journey in June 2018 to meet up with a foreign ship that was carrying the cocaine.

They were, however, spotted by surveillance planes and followed by a navy ship. Footage captured Draper attempted to get away from the ship while Dru throwing packages of cocaine overboard.

Queensland police caught both of them and they were later arrested by armed officers.

Dru claims that he did not know it was cocaine, rather he thought he was collecting tobacco. He also claimed he was kidnapped by Draper and made to go on the voyage.

He said Draper threatened his family if he did not help him.

However, Draper claimed he was recruited by Dru to drive the boat. He also alleged he was told they were picking up “smoko” which he assumed was marijuana.

Earlier this year, Draper pleaded guilty to importing cocaine, but his sentence was reduced for testifying against the Baggaley brothers.

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