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“El GrandPa”: 91 Year-Old Australian Man Charged With Trafficking $1.5 MILLION Worth of Cocaine

August 11, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
“El GrandPa”: 91 Year-Old Australian Man Charged With Trafficking $1.5 MILLION Worth of Cocaine

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A 91-year-old Austlian man is the world’s oldest drug trafficker after being charged with smuggling $1.5 million worth of cocaine.

Victor Twartz is looking at a possible life sentence if he is convicted of bringing more than 100 pounds pounds of cocaine, concealed in soap bars, into Australia on a flight from India.

Twartz, a retired surgeon from Sydney, told police he had met people in New Delhi after befriending them online.

As he was about to board his return flight to Sydney after a recent visit, he claims that he was handed a bag that he was told contained gifts for someone in Australia, according to the Daily Mirror.

A search of Twartz’s luggage found 27 packages of soap which tested positive for cocaine. As Twartz left court, a reporter asked if he had been taken advantage of.

 

The 91-year-old claims to have been tricked into carrying the drugs from India to his native Australia.

“Always, always,” he replied.

Victor’s son, Peter Twartz, claims his father was caught up in a scam

“He was going over there to sign a business contract that would release some funding to him and that is why he was going.” he told Australia’s ABC News.

“There was some $10 million of inheritance that would be freed up and released to him. The soap were gifts for the bank manager at this end that would be clearing the funds.”

Peter said his father is a devout Seventh Day Adventist with no criminal background.

The drug was reportedly concealed in bars of soap.

AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE

The drug was reportedly concealed in bars of soap.

“There is no way that he would knowingly [have] anything to do with drugs — he sees it as a scourge,” he added.

Police have not said whether Twartz was an unwitting drug courier but Australian Federal Police manager Wayne Buchhorn warned that unknowingly bringing drugs into the country could result in charges.

“People can expect they will be charged if they knowingly bring drugs into Australia, or are reckless or wilfully blind to the fact that there could be narcotics concealed inside their luggage or items they are carrying,” he said.

The nonagenarian was released on bail when he appeared in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court, charged with importing a commercial quantity of cocaine on July 8. He will return to court on October 6.

Ola Mae Agee, who was imprisoned aged 87 for dealing crack from her house in Florida in 2010, has previously been labeled the world’s oldest drug dealer.

 

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