CPA chief charged with conspiracy to smuggle drugs in WA
CPA Austin Roper has been charged with conspiring to smuggles drugs in the WA state capital.
Key points: Roper was charged with smuggling drugs in Adelaide, Perth, Bendigo and Adelaide Hills during a drug smuggling operation between July 2017 and July 2018 The case has been adjourned until November 21, 2018Mr Roper will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on November 21 to face a further two charges of conspiracy to import controlled drugs in Western AustraliaMr Ropers defence counsel said he did not believe Mr Roper intended to smuggler drugs in PerthMr Ropers defence lawyer argued Mr Roprs actions were driven by a need to save moneyMr Ropeys defence counsel also claimed that the Crown was “trying to find the needle in the haystack”Mr Ropes case is expected to be heard by a judge in Perth, before it returns to Adelaide District Court.
It’s alleged Mr Ropey, who was formerly known as James Michael Rope, used a “coup d’etat” to seize control of the Adelaide CPA in September 2017, following a police investigation into a drugs supply.
In a statement, WA Police said it had been made aware of the alleged offences in relation to Mr Ropes activities on the day of the seizure of his SA licence in the CBD on July 17.
“We are investigating the matter and have advised the SA Police of any possible charges,” the statement said.
“We have been in regular contact with the SA Government’s Serious Crime Team.”
Mr Rops defence team was due to appear in Perth District Court on Friday.
The WA Premier has said the state is “committed to stamping out drugs” and he has ordered a review into the drug laws.
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