An alleged drug smuggler thought he and a world champion kayaker’s seasick youthful brother have been going to be robbed by pirates after an alleged cocaine pickup price as much as $200 million, a courtroom has heard.
As a substitute, the vessel behind the rigid-hulled inflatable boat pushed by Anthony Draper was a navy patrol vessel.
Draper testified within the Brisbane Supreme Court docket trial of Olympic silver medallist Nathan Jon Baggaley, 45, and 39-year-old Dru Anthony Baggaley on Wednesday.
The brothers are accused of being concerned in a plan to get 650kg of cocaine – valued at between $100 million and $200 million – from a overseas vessel a whole bunch of kilometres off the NSW coast.
Nathan Jon Baggaley, 45, and 39-year-old Dru Anthony Baggaley are seen on the vessel with navy personnel as they’re arrested for alleged drug smuggling
Dru Baggaley, 39, is accused of being concerned in a plan to get 650kg of cocaine – valued at between $100 million and $200 million – from a overseas vessel a whole bunch of kilometres off the NSW coast
Draper, 56, advised the courtroom he flew from Sydney to Coolangatta at Dru Baggaley’s request on July 30, 2018.
The pair bought onto the RHIB at Brunswick Heads, with Draper considering they have been going a few kilometres offshore to choose up ‘smoko’ which he thought was marijuana, the courtroom was advised.
Dru Baggaley was seasick whereas they sailed out to sea in a single day, Draper mentioned.
Within the morning they met up with a ‘large pink boat’ on which Draper noticed ‘South American folks’, some holding weapons.
He and Dru Baggley loaded a ‘substantial’ variety of black packages, thrown from the bigger vessel, onto the RHIB, he advised the courtroom on Wednesday.
Whereas Draper yelled ‘no extra pot’ as a result of there is perhaps ‘an excessive amount of’ for the small boat, the overseas males referred to ‘cacao’.
Requested in regards to the contents of the heavy packages, Dru Baggaley mentioned, ‘Don’t be concerned about it, simply maintain loading it within the boat,’ Draper advised the courtroom.
Whereas returning to the mainland the pair noticed a aircraft, then a ship. At first Dru Baggaley advised him to ‘simply maintain going’, however when the navy patrol boat was proper behind them they threw packages into the ocean.
‘I used to be s**ting myself … At first I assumed we have been going to get robbed, I assumed they have been pirates,’ Draper mentioned.
Black baggage crammed with virtually 650kg of cocaine price a whopping $200million was seized
The view from the navy boat because it gained on Anthony Draper and Dru Baggley
Dru Baggaley seen on the small vessel because the navy beneficial properties on him
The courtroom heard Draper was testifying as a part of an enterprise made when he obtained a diminished sentence throughout earlier courtroom proceedings.
Below cross-examination, Draper denied he recruited Dru Baggaley, asking for assist to get a ship to import tobacco into Australia.
However he admitted writing letters to Dru Baggaley whereas each males have been in jail saying, ‘I am sorry I tricked you.’
‘You additionally wrote (to Dru Baggaley), ‘I need to repair this up and inform the cops the reality, you thought it was tobacco’,’ Dru Baggaley’s barrister Mark McCarthy mentioned.
Draper mentioned he wrote a ‘couple of letters’ for Dru Baggaley and likewise wrote to his mother and father.
‘I wrote the letter only for his mom and his father so they would not really feel so unhealthy,’ he added.
He additionally wrote he wasn’t dealing with jail, ‘need to get out by any means doable’ and advised Dru Baggaley to ‘grasp in there’ as a result of the reality would come out for him in the long run, the courtroom was advised.
Olympic silver medallist and world champion kayaker Nathan Jon Baggaley can also be accused of being in on the scheme
Contained in the bag have been packets of cocaine with the Superman brand imprinted on them
The prosecution alleges Nathan Baggaley additionally had a ‘key position’ within the importation, saying he purchased the RHIB for $100,000, bought it prepared and coated its registration quantity in heavy responsibility black tape earlier than the journey out to sea.
A complete of 587kg of cocaine was recovered by the navy, however bundles continued to be recovered on the coast months after the alleged smuggling try, prosecutor Ben Energy mentioned.
A central focus of the trial will probably be whether or not the jury accepts ‘something in any respect’ they’re advised by Draper, Mr McCarthy mentioned earlier.
Nathan Baggaley’s barrister Anthony Kimmins advised the courtroom the prosecution’s case in opposition to his shopper was primarily based on circumstantial proof that didn’t show he was concerned within the alleged tried importation of the cocaine.
The boys each pleaded not responsible to a single rely of trying to import a business amount of the border-controlled drug cocaine into Queensland at Coolangatta on the Gold Coast between December 2017 and August 2018.
The jury trial continues earlier than Justice Ann Lyons.