Evidence gathered in Britain and the Netherlands of an alleged plot by former Crime Commission investigator Mark Standen to import $120 million worth of drugs may take up to four months to be handed to the Australian Federal Police.
The delay in transcribing into English evidence from telephone intercepts of the alleged deal with a Dutch crime syndicate was revealed by the AFP in Sydney’s Central Local Court today.
Magistrate Allan Moore was told that Federal Police had already given Standen’s defence team 13 volumes of evidence of its two-year surveillance and phone and email intercept operation on him in Australia, which uncovered the drug conspiracy.
Standen, who did not appear before the court today, was charged last June with conspiring to import 600 kilograms of pseudoephedrine into Australia from Pakistan in a deal struck with a Dutch crime gang.
The precursor drugs, which were to have been hidden in bags of rice, were sufficient to make 500 kilograms of the drug ice worth $120 million, police have alleged in previous evidence.
Standen, 51, has been charged with conspiring with Blacktown food wholesaler Bakhos “Bill” Jalalaty, 45, and Briton James Kinch, 49.
Kinch, the alleged British go-between with the Dutch crime gang, was arrested in Thailand last June and is fighting extradition to Australia.
Jalalaty appeared briefly before Central Local Court today via a video link from Park Lea jail but did not apply for bail.
Both he and Standen were ordered to reappear before the court on September 10 when Standen’s legal team are expected to make a renewed bid for him to be released on bail.
In remanding both men to remain in custody, Mr Moore also ordered Corrective Services to provide Standen, who is in strict isolation, with a computer so he can read and listen to the evidence against him.