Drug tsar arrested over ‘massive Aussie shipment’

Torres is one of 17 defendants with charming aliases named in a tip 2017 grand jury complaint recently unblocked by prosecutors.

The 66-year-old from Ontario, California, entered not guilty pleas to one count of drug trafficking and dual depends of income laundering when he seemed in a downtown LA courtroom this week.

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Torres allegedly attempted to send a drugs to Sydney, like this 2017 seizure. Picture: Craig Wilson

Torres allegedly attempted to send a drugs to Sydney, like this 2017 seizure. Picture: Craig WilsonSource:News Corp Australia

Prosecutors explain a drug trafficking organization attempted to boat 119.7kg of methamphetamine to Sydney final year, though it was seized in Memphis, Tennessee. The organization also allegedly used bombard companies to obtain shipping papers used to send drugs to Australia, a Philippines and other nations.

Torres, also famous by a nicknames El Fillip and Fillipins, is indicted of co-ordinating drug shipments to a Philippines and afterwards importing them to a United States.

A Christmas Day, 2013, raid on Torres’ rooster plantation in a Philippines found approximately 84kg of methamphetamine, prosecutors alleged.

Manzanillo, Mexico has prolonged been a hotbed of drug trafficking. In this 2007 photo, Mexican soldiers impetus past blazing heroin after a drug transport seizure. Picture: AFP

Manzanillo, Mexico has prolonged been a hotbed of drug trafficking. In this 2007 photo, Mexican soldiers impetus past blazing heroin after a drug transport seizure. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

According to a allegations contained in a media recover from a US Attorney’s Office: “the methamphetamine was mostly dark in machinery, including an industrial pavement drum that was recovered in Manzanillo, Mexico and mechanism apparatus that was seized in Memphis, Tennessee”.

The assign of swindling to discharge methamphetamine carries a orthodox limit judgment of life and a imperative smallest of 10 years in sovereign prison. The income laundering offences any lift a limit probable judgment of 20 years in prison.

Other purported members named in a complaint embody Hector “Stallone” Flores, Roberto “Razor” Gomez and Jose “Greenhills” Gamez.

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Most of a fugitives are believed to be in Mexico, prosecutors said.

The purported offences were being investigated by a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), with a support of a Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).

Torres’ hearing date has been set for Jan 28.